Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr – Saskatoon Debate Notes

I’ll continue my look at the Saskatchewan NDP leadership debates with a review of the first Saskatoon forum: And I see a few interesting developments beyond those mentioned in Scott’s detailed series of posts. To start with, as I pointed out when the federal NDP introduced candidate-to-candidate questions as part of its federal campaign, the ...

Accidental Deliberations: On mixed contributions

Having pointed out in today’s column that the Saskatchewan NDP’s poor election results were far more readily traced to public perceptions of Dwain Lingenfelter (along with broader party issues) rather than the party’s platform, let’s briefly put Lingenfelter’s leadership in context. The obvious problem for Lingenfelter was a level of negative perception which started out ...

The Wheatsheaf: Recap: Saskatchewan Election 2011

Watching the twitter feed for #skpoli I was struck by the animosity and venom towards both the NDP and its leader Dwain Lingenfelter.  While the partisan in me wants to chalk this up to the over-indulgent no-holds-barred mentality that I have witness Sask. Party/Conservative/Canadian Alliance supporters adopt in the past, I also recognize that when ...

Accidental Deliberations: Style vs. substance

The first obvious takeaway from tonight’s Saskatchewan leaders’ debate was the need for both more debate and more debaters. And for all the criticism of the exclusion of other parties’ leaders, the bigger issue may have been a painfully shortened format that allowed for only minimal discussion of any topic (especially when substantial portions of ...

Accidental Deliberations: On boomerang effects

Accusing one’s opponents of having a hidden agenda has become a matter of standard-issue political strategy. But accusing one’s opponents of having a hidden agenda identical to one’s own takes rather more creativity. And chutzpah. And contortionism. So kudos to the Sask Party for at least introducing some novelty into Saskatchewan’s election campaign. But I’m ...

Accidental Deliberations: On deposits

I posted yesterday about the Sask Party’s opening offering in this fall’s election campaign. But it’s worth pointing out the NDP’s first policy event as well, as Dwain Lingenfelter unveiled more details about the party’s proposal for a Bright Futures Fund. And what’s perhaps most notable is that the NDP is committing to build up ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Saskatchewan’s election campaign is shaping up as a choice between personality and policy. And for the latest noteworthy policy proposal from the NDP, see yesterday’s community hospital announcement.

Accidental Deliberations: On outreach

Yes, there’s plenty to criticize in Murray Mandryk’s continued willingness to serve as a conduit for Sask Party spin. But let’s focus in on the obvious flaws with even the more reasonable part of his latest column: (T)here is another view that we now seeing a very different NDP campaign … and perhaps even a ...