Orange shockwave: How Ontario got its first-ever NDP government
The party’s unexpected 1990 election victory stunned everyone — including leader Bob Rae
Seconds into his speech launching an election campaign on July 30, 1990, Premier David Peterson was interrupted. Greenpeace activist (and future Toronto city councillor) Gord Perks approached Peterson’s desk with an object handcuffed to his wrist. The premier’s wife thought her husband might be in danger — but the object was a tape recorder, playing a list of five reasons activists were upset with the Liberal government’s environmental record. Perks pressed Peterson for answers, holding up the press conference for several minutes before stepping aside.
Shocked and sweating, Peterson told the audience, “It’s going to be an interesting campaign.”
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