What we don’t need to do as a Party, or party supporters, is to start attacking Ontario Conservative or Liberal voters as “deplorable’s” “alt-right” “fascist” or any of the rest of the hyperbolic hate fest. The “us and them” dichotomy of virtue signaling, identity politics helped Ford win Queens Park. Wynne’s Liberals approached social issues with the arrogance that has disastrously been in fashion on the left. Anyone who questioned any part of the agenda was labelled as a “fascist” “alt-right” or “something-phobic”. This is not progressive politics and it is not in line with core NDP policies of inclusion and respect for all. Debate and education, not hate and derision. It also did more than any one single factor in electing Doug Ford, we made progressive politics a place of shame and division, fear and recrimination. Tommy Douglas wanted us to persuade the other mice of what was actually in their own interest not belittle, and attack them with operatic rhetoric. One is a winning strategy, one clearly, is not.
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