Two weeks from today Ontario voters will choose our next government and to say this has been an uninspiring campaign would be a huge understatement.
All three leaders have spoken before they put their brains in gear, but it seems the NDP have been the biggest puzzle of all.
It was Andrea Horwath who put the Province into election mode when she announced she would’t support the government’s budget and that move angered a lot of traditional NDP supporters who like a lot of what was included in that budget.
Alienating a good chunk of your political support is risky politics at best.
We’ll know in two weeks how much damage that strategy caused.
Her latest questionable misstep occurred yesterday.
The Spectator’s Susan Clairmont requested an interview with Horwath and was told that the NDP Leader was not available until after the election.
It should be noted that the other Party Leaders had agreed to interviews but the Leader from Hamilton apparently didn’t have time to talk to the local newspaper.
When Susan posted the response on Twitter, there was a firestorm of feedback, vilifying the NDP Leader for ducking the local media, proving that there is such a thing as ‘bad’ publicity.
In the wake of the negative reaction, the Horwath camp announced that , of course, their leader would find the time to do the interview.
According to Horwath’s people, it was all a ‘terrible misunderstanding’, which, when you think about it, is an apt description of the NDP campaign so far.