For us at The Agenda, one of the biggest stories of 2014 was the Ontario election. Not only was it a dramatic end to a combative campaign, but the choice Ontarians made will affect many of the issues we cover for years to come.
The 2014 Ontario election resulted in some surprises: Premier Kathleen Wynne fought through a difficult Liberal legacy to not only stay in power, but win a majority government; Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak not only lost an election that many observers felt was well within his reach, but was gone as leader less than a month after the vote; the NDP laboured under deep internal disagreements due to leader Andrea Horwath's decision to effectively set the election in motion by rejecting a left-leaning Liberal budget, and for putting forward an NDP platform that some thought veered too far from the party's values.
As the results came in, Steve Paikin sat down with a group of veteran political observers to review the campaigns and discuss how the political map might change. Even several months later, it's still interesting to watch them react as it quickly dawned on everyone that the Liberals, despite all the baggage from being in power for more than a decade, had won a majority government.
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