Party’s over

The Daily Observer - - OPINION -

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

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