A year after winning, Rae abandons public auto insurance, cowed by media and business agitprop. Broken: NDP record of delivering public auto in Sask, Manitoba, BC. There was popular hope invested in winning a genuine reform that gave capital a real kick in the ass.
Labour law reform takes a long 28 months after the NDP comes to office. And the legislation is substantially watered down from what labour demands. Again, the NDP publicly concede to business lobby agitprop and ginned up media controversy.
The NDP freeze annual social assistance increases (a cut after inflation). They hire welfare cops and deploy Thatcherite/Reaganite welfare bashing rhetoric. The same was soon happening with Harcourt in BC who went off on welfare "cheats" and "frauds".
Summer 93: NDP passes Social Contract legislation over union objections. Rae Days arrive
Fall 93: PS unions + CAW win OFL from NDP. "Pink Paper" unions walkout of convention, loyal to NDP
Successive austerity budgets hit education and healthcare. In 1997, at the height of the Common Sense Revolution hospital closures, Harris would routinely point out he was cutting fewer hospital beds than Rae.
NDP legislation will allow same-sex civil unions (a decade before equal marriage passed by Martin Liberals). Rae allows a "free vote", and NDP MPPs, including cabinet ministers, vote with Liberals and Harris PCs to kill 167.