BONOKOSKI: The losing leadership of NDP’s Andrea Horwath

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Why the NDP membership sticks with Andrea Horwath as its Ontario leader is a question which baffles anyone with brains.

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A recent poll by Nanos for CTV in the leadup to the June 2 election has Horwath and her NDP again languishing in third place, her current second-place Official Opposition role only existing because the public had enough of the reigning Liberals and wanted to severely punish them.

And it did. The governing Liberals were reduced to seven seats last election, all which bottomed them out with non-party status.

On the jump-off day for this year’s election, Nanos found that the Tories currently have the support of 36.9% of Ontario voters while the Liberals, led by Steven Del Duca, are supported by 30.45%.

Andrea Horwath and the NDP, meanwhile, sit in third with the support of a dismal 23.7% of decided voters.

Why do the Dippers even try?

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More importantly, why do they even try when they continue to elect Horwath as their leader? Aren’t elections about winning?

It’s a baffler.

Only 22.8% of Nanos’ respondents said that the NDP leader was their preferred choice for premier, which tracks closely with the party’s overall numbers. Trouble is, that 22.8% is well below its 2018 peak — explained by the Wynne Liberals tanking — of 33.5%.

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Pundits have said the June 2 election will be a referendum on Premier Doug Ford’s leadership while sober minds have said it should be a referendum on Andrea Horwath.

How much longer will the NDP support her?

And talk about throwing money down the drain. The NDP is planning to spend up to $13 million in the ludicrous hope of forming the first New Democratic government in more than two decades.

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If that happens, the world has gone the hell in a handcart.

This is Horwath’s fifth kick at the can. Her lacklustre electoral support has barely changed.

“This is our election,” said Michael Balagus, who serves as the campaign manager. “We are not in it for second.”

He’s dreaming.

The NDP’s party platform has already been presented, one that includes the uber-expensive pipe dream of publicly funded mental-health care, including therapy and counseling, as well as dental care and pharmacare, plus a pledge to hire 30,000 more nurses.

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