The Question: Should Ontario Liberals be given official party status? The Answer: Do what Dalton did.
The threshold for party status in the Ontario legislature is eight MPPs. In 2003, the NDP won only seven seats and the victorious Liberals under Dalton McGuinty refused to formally lower the threshold for official party status.
The standoff ended in 2004 when the NDP won a Hamilton byelection and (guess who?) Andrea Horwath became their eighth MPP. Dalton McGuinty and his Liberals had to acknowledge the NDP had official party status and reinstate all the perks that entails. So now the Liberals have come up short. What to do?
Do what Dalton did to the NDP. Banish them to the back corner of the house. What goes around comes around.
L.D. Cross, Ottawa