Social Democrats Win in Ontario

Social Democrats Win in Ontario

“In the revolutionary year 1989,” said Willy Brandt, “not only is the social democratic idea impelled toward reality—now also reality is impelled toward the social democratic idea.” In a small way, his prophecy was confirmed by the surprising election of a majority New Democratic party (NDP) government in the Canadian province of Ontario. Not everyone saw it that way. The Wall Street Journal did not understand how Ontario could vote for a social democratic government while Eastern Europe was rejecting communism: “It makes us wonder if some Canadians are still getting their European news by dogsled.” In Canada, the reaction of the business community was more restrained.

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