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BTL 2022

2022 Ontario General Election

In advance of the 2022 Ontario general election, Canadian Dimension asked some of our regular contributors—as well as first-time writers—to weigh in on what’s at stake in the vote. Despite years of scandal and failure under the premiership of Doug Ford, the Conservative leader strolled to victory again. How could this have happened? What got us to this point?

  • What I learned about managing media in the 2022 ONDP campaign

    Throughout the 2022 Ontario general election, the Ford PCs threw a wet blanket over their campaign, starving reporters of high-level conflict to cover. With Horwath unable to create conflict and Ford withdrawing from it, the only remaining campaign dynamic was the dispiriting battle between Horwath and Liberal leader Stephen Del Duca, which was presented as “the fight for second place.”

  • Ontario election: Where did 825,000 swing voters go?

    Whether 825,000 past NDP and Liberal voters who stayed home on June 2 think of themselves as progressive or not, the fact that they were not motivated to vote at all should set off alarm bells. Any progressive strategy for change must be rooted in the hard work of organizing, not just in the weeks before elections but always. To do anything else is to leave people on the sidelines.

  • Ontario election post-mortem: Strategy shift needed for the progressive left?

    Following the 2022 Ontario provincial election, a new strategy needs to reconnect with social movements that are certainly growing amid multiple global crises but are now growing at an increasing distance from the electoral left. Amid the Liberal’s and Ontario NDP’s ongoing leadership transitions, the parties ought to give serious thought on changing how the electoral left builds from here.

  • No victory in defeat

    The NDP has the time and window to take this moment not just to reset but to tear the party down and rebuild. That work can only be done by listening to its members and empowering them from the grassroots up. The province doesn’t need another liberal party. It has one and that’s more than enough. It needs an unabashedly left party. And now the NDP has a chance to give it one.

  • School wars in Ontario: McKinsey consultants, eLearning, and wage cuts

    Many of Doug Ford’s policies today are recycled versions of the attacks of the past and designed to achieve the same ends—albeit magnified by his usual crassness. The education cuts demanded today are, to that end, a part of the program of broader attacks on workers elsewhere. They are, in some ways, about preparing youth for the “jobs of the future.”

  • The hopeless malaise of the Ontario election

    Our democracy could improve. There’s no law of nature that forbids it. But better requires us to simultaneously pay attention to immediate material concerns and respect for democratic inclusion and accountability for everyone. Few have gone broke betting against respect for democratic institutions. And it doesn’t look like anyone will in Ontario this time around.

  • Bhutila Karpoche: To truly fix what’s broken, Ontario needs an NDP government

    What kind of a place is Ontario going to be for working people in 2026? Will the government sitting at Queen’s Park fight to keep the essentials of life affordable for working people? Or will it just keep getting harder to pay the bills and achieve your dreams, even if you have a good job? The upcoming June 2 provincial election comes at a time when a lot of Ontarians are understandably tired.

  • The Ontario election: Hopes and realities

    Elections are important and this one is significant. In the current period, however, a preponderant focus on electoral politics is misplaced. We need rejuvenated powerful unions and a strong sense of unity and solidarity among communities under attack. Such a social mobilization would actually generate the conditions where a serious left electoral force could make enormous gains.

  • This election, let’s reimagine public transport for people and the climate

    Elections are often dominated by flashy announcements about new subway lines, but the immediate future of public transit depends on something else: keeping buses running. Yet ridership on many Ontario transit systems continues to lag. Without major investments in transit improvements, like more frequent service to win back previous riders and encourage new ones, we risk a car-led recovery.

  • The incredible banality of political being in Ontario’s 2022 election

    Has there ever been a campaign so insipid? So incapable of rousing anyone but the most fevered reactionaries or conflicted social democrats? People will vote, of course, but almost certainly in depressingly low numbers. But they will cast their ballots out of little more than what they regard as biological necessity, and with not much more in the way of enthusiasm.

  • Ontario’s political parties aren’t treating the housing crisis with the urgency it deserves

    The housing policies being pursued by Ford’s government signal the continuation of his war on tenants. While the Liberal and NDP platforms share some features in common with Ford, they also differ in important ways. Of the major parties, the NDP stands alone in its commitments to affordable and non-market housing, but it is fair to question how much of an impact they could make in resolving an out of control crisis.

  • Election primer: Ontario’s health care crisis

    As the writ was dropped for the June 2 provincial election, the Ontario Health Coalition warned against unprecedented health care privatization and called for it to be a key election issue. We cannot go back to the same patterns inadequate care that existed before the pandemic. We must safeguard our principles and rebuild a health care system in the public interest to serve Ontarians for the next generation.

  • Ford ramping up privatization of Ontario health care system

    Knowing the strength of Ontario’s financial situation, one would hope Health Minister Christine Elliott was experiencing cognitive dissonance when she announced February 1 that the provincial government intends to bring in independent health facilities to operate private hospitals in Ontario. This is the first step to privatizing public health care services across Ontario.

  • We need to rethink (and shrink) roads, not build more highways

    Rethinking roads can free us from climate disaster, gruelling commutes, and cities overrun by cars. We must jettison highways, wider roads, and parking complexes from our political priorities and radically invest in amenity-dense neighbourhoods, public transit, and safe cities. This strategy for a low carbon, accessible, and affordable future must be highlighted during Ontario’s June election.

  • For Ontario’s political establishment, cutting ‘welfare dependence’ means making the poor desperate

    Recurring proposals by Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government to stop social assistance “dependence” reflect a long history of Liberal and Tory governments alike, working to make income support programs less dependable. In all cases, the aim of these cuts is to make the poor destitute and to make workers afraid. Mitchell Thompson explores this long and ignominious history.

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