Musings —02.06.2014 09:32 AM—
Full disclosure: I practiced labour law, union side. I’ve represented plenty of unions over the years, radical and otherwise. So I have a tendency to think Hudak’s strategy – like his anti-foreigner strategy in 2011 – might work in a Southern U.S. state, but not ever in Ontario. It’s nuts.
He’s not the only one making a strategic error, however. The Ontario Liberals have been seeding revelations about Hudak’s misguided policy with the media for a few days, now. They assume that they alone are the natural beneficiary of the controversy.
They’re wrong. If the ballot question in this Spring’s provincial election becomes the role of organized labour in Ontario, the beneficiary will be Horwath’s NDP.
In two-party campaigns, effective attacks will usually suppress your opponent’s vote, and mobilize your own. But in a three-way race, think before you attack: the one who gains may not always be you.