Author: Matt Fodor

Matt Fodor is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at York University.

  • Ontario Election 2018: Right-Wing Populism Prevails Over Moderate Social Democracy

    In the June 7 provincial election, Ontario politics took a sharp turn to the right as the Progressive Conservatives, under the leadership of the populist businessman and former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford, steamrolled to a majority government. Keep reading »

  • Mulcair’s Victory: What Does It Mean?

    On March 24, the membership of the Federal New Democratic Party (NDP) elected Thomas Mulcair to succeed the late Jack Layton as their national leader, who tragically died of cancer in August 2011. With about 65,000 of the party’s 130,000 members participating in the leadership election, Mulcair prevailed over runner-up Brian Topp on the fourth … Keep reading »

  • Ontario Election 2011: Hard-Right Rejected, But Neoliberalism Still On The Agenda

    In a very uninspiring campaign, the Liberal government of Dalton McGuinty has been re-elected to a third term. The Liberals ended up just one seat shy of a majority government – winning 53 of 107 seats in the legislature and 37.6 per cent of the popular vote. The McGuinty Liberals successfully fended off a stiff … Keep reading »

  • Fueling the Tax Revolt: What’s Wrong with the NDP’s Anti-HST Campaign

    The Canadian New Democratic Party (NDP) has devoted much of its energy in recent months to opposing the implementation of the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) in Ontario and British Columbia. The new taxes came into effect on July 1, 2010. The HST merges the Goods and Services Tax (GST) with the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) … Keep reading »

  • The Dexter NDP: Old Wine, New Bottle?

    “I’ve waited all my life to see a socialist government in Nova Scotia. I’m still waiting.” — Voter email read on CBC Newsworld on election night.[1] On June 9, 2009 the New Democratic Party (NDP), led by the self-proclaimed “conservative progressive” Darrell Dexter, swept to power in Nova Scotia, forming the first-ever NDP government in … Keep reading »

  • ONDP Leadership: A Revival of Class Politics?

    On March 6-8, 2009, Ontario’s New Democrats gathered in Hamilton to select a new leader. After thirteen years of the lackluster leadership of Howard Hampton, the party turned to Hamilton MPP Andrea Horwath, beating out rivals Peter Tabuns, Gilles Bisson and Michael Prue. Horwath, the youngest of the four leadership candidates and the first woman … Keep reading »