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Andrea Horwath’s Ontario New Democrats could be primed for bigger gains in the provincial election likely to happen this spring.
Andrea Horwath’s Ontario New Democrats could be primed for bigger gains in the provincial election likely to happen this spring.
(KEVIN VAN PAASSEN/THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

How Ontario’s NDP is preparing for a new spring offensive

For Andrea Horwath’s New Democrats, it was hard to complain about their party’s result in the 2011 Ontario election. Coming into the campaign with 10 seats, they ended it with 17 – their most positive showing since their one-off win under Bob Rae more than two decades earlier.

The reality, though, is that they probably could have won a few more ridings, if not for a problem that was obvious when visiting battleground ridings before the writ dropped.