Twenty-seven years ago today, Bob Rae was probably still pinching himself. For the first (and so far only) time in Ontario history, the New Democratic Party had been victorious on election night, with Rae at the helm. And I don’t mean the party could claim another moral victory because it had survived to fight another day. I mean a full-out win. The NDP would finally be in power.
Thirty years ago yesterday, David Peterson won the biggest majority government in Ontario history, and looked as if he could occupy the premier’s office for as long as he wanted. In fact, you could make a reasonable argument that he was the most popular politician in the entire country. Three years later, he lost an election and his own seat in one of the most stunning reversals of fortune in Canadian political history. To understand how all this happened, we’ve got to go back to 1985.
I get asked almost every day who’s going to win the 2018 Ontario election, and I always give the same answer: anyone who thinks they can divine the outcome this far in advance, regardless of what the polls say today, is simply full of it. Having said that, I can pass along how experts are handicapping the election campaign, so let’s do that.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
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multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".