Last week, I wrote that the NDP should be careful about assuming that changes in leadership would necessarily help in a needed process of party renewal.Obviously, both elected to seek out new leadership. And so in this week’s column, I point out that l… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day
I’ve written previously about my view as to how NDP members should approach the review of Thomas Mulcair’s leadership at the upcoming federal convention. And in the face of a blizzard of commentary which does little but to echo knee-jerk election post-… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On evaluations
Here, with my take on the factors NDP members should take into account in evaluating Tom Mulcair’s leadership.For further reading…- I’ve written numerous previous posts on the future of Mulcair and the NDP which expand on the points made in the colum… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day
Given some of the odd twists and turns in Paul Wells’ latest piece on Tom Mulcair’s future, I’m hesitant to give too much credence to his unnamed sources. But to the extent it’s accurate, Wells’ take on the lack of much organization on any side of a le… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On organization
I’ve previously criticized the attempts of outside commentators to push Thomas Mulcair out the door as NDP leader. By the same token, though, I’ll note that it’s equally inappropriate to try to immediately declare that there won’t be any review of Mulcair’s leadership before the next federal election – which seems to be the spin . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On open questions
It’s true that a party’s policy book is not the same as its election platform.
But it’s also true that there is more to a party than a single campaign or platform. And considering that the difference between a policy book and a platform can be pointed out in a single sentence, I’m hard-pressed to . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On statements of values
As unions and workers suffered defeats over the past few decades, so has labor journalism dwindled from a mainstay of major media outlets across Canada and the US to a relatively niche reporting interest. The past few years, however, have seen a still small but noticeable resurgence of labor reporting. Large media . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski » Political Eh-conomy: Podcast: A labor journalism resurgence?
Elizabeth May tells us that her idea of a grassroots movement is a finely manicured lawn carefully maintained to suit the aesthetic preferences of its owners: May said she didn’t want to thwart local efforts towards co-operation with other parties, but that she thinks she, Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau and NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Trampled
This week’s convention of the Canadian Labour Congress was more eventful than it has been in some time. There was a change of leadership and an energy palpable even from afar via social media. Of course, four days of convention does not a labour movement make and so today I’ve gathered together three guests to . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Political Eh-conomy Radio: CLC Convention 2014
Assorted content for your weekend reading.
– Andrew Coyne sees the powerful impact of local forces on nomination contests as evidence that grassroots democracy is still alive and well in Canada – no matter how much the Cons and Libs may wish otherwise: What’s common to both of these stories is not only the willingness . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links
“Engaged City” was unanimously passed yesterday, and it seems like the pundits are all out criticizing the process. … Democratization of the planning process is a fundamental problem with bureaucratic institutions; government is fundamentally hierarchical. Do we target Vision Vancouver? NPA? Nah*- There is a problem with the plumbing and none of them are plumbers…. . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: #Urbanarium2014: How to build a truly “Engaged City”?
Murray Dobbin continues his quest to push for more big ideas from the federal NDP here. But it’s worth dividing his take into one theory well worth applying, and one which would be entirely counterproductive.
At the outset, I’ll agree with Dobbin’s take that a number of the NDP’s current policy themes reflect defensive positions . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On lasting influence
Here, on how Michael Chong’s Reform Act privileges members of Parliament over party members and supporters – and how there’s far more reason for concern about a lack of genuine grassroots input as matters stand now than about the influence of MPs.
For further reading…– I’ll point to Andrew Coyne passim as the main cheerleader . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day
Aaron Wherry has been documenting the resolutions passed at the NDP’s convention in Montreal – and so I haven’t seen much need to comment on them in detail. But the most noteworthy development in today’s policy debates came from a resolution which wasn’t passed – but which nonetheless signalled the NDP’s willingness to tackle difficult . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #mtlqc13 – Day 2 Review
Based on my posts leading up to the NDP’s federal convention, it shouldn’t come as much surprise that my main focus is on the substantive policy debates. And the first day saw some positive developments on that front.
Rather than sticking to the party’s chosen list of topics for discussion, members intervened in the resolution . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #mtlqc13 – Day 1 Review
Over the past few days, I’ve highlighted a few policy resolutions I’d like to see promoted and discussed at the NDP’s federal convention this weekend in Montreal. But I’ll take a few minutes to discuss the topic that’s receiving the most media attention in advance of the convention – even if I see its significance . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #mtlqc13 – Preamble Ramble
The final panel on policy resolutions at the NDP’s Montreal convention will deal with human rights issues. And the Young New Democrats of Quebec have proposed a resolution which covers a number of issues worth including in that discussion: 6-26-13Resolution on Rights in the Digital AgeSubmitted by the Young New Democrats of QuebecWHEREAS protecting digital . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #mtlqc13 Priority Resolution – Human Rights
One of the most obvious sources of cynicism in politics – which the NDP should be seeking to combat at every turn – is the presence of issues where opposition promises turn into government inaction or even abuse. And the Cons have sadly offered a case in point when it comes to accountability and transparency.
. . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #mtlqc13 Priority Resolution – Governance
The NDP’s position on trade policy has of course been a hot-button issue both inside and outside the party – making it the area I’d see needing some discussion in Montreal. And while a number of other resolutions deal with the issue, one offers a particularly neat means to add an explicit commitment to the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #mtlqc13 Priority Resolution – International Affairs
Not surprisingly, the social policy resolutions up for discussion this weekend include a wide range of issues – and I’ll avoid highlighting the resolutions dealing with either familiar topics of discussion like gun control, marijuana decriminalization/legalization and housing.
Instead, I’ll point out three resolutions which look to deserve particular attention: 3-39-13Resolution on the Impact of . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #mtlqc13 Priority Resolutions – Social Policy
On the environmental side, I’ll limit my focus to one priority resolution. That’s in part because the NDP’s existing policy book looks to largely cover the most important aspects of the environment, and because the resolutions submitted for the Montreal convention largely have a fairly narrow focus (which takes it outside my goals in assembling . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #mtlqc13 Priority Resolution – Environment
Following up on my earlier post, let’s start taking a look at a few of the resolutions which I hope to see discussed and passed at this weekend’s federal NDP convention in Montreal.
In addition to the criteria mentioned in my earlier post, I also won’t spend too much time highlighting resolutions which already . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #mtlqc13 Priority Resolutions – Economy
Allison Redford has a problem. Between mayor Mandel unleashing his fury on her government and the University of Alberta’s rage at the province’s letters of expectation progressives across the province are finally coming to see that Redford is simply not on their side. For the Liberals who saw that supporting the Progressive Conservatives preferable to . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: Alberta In Open Revolt
The Conservative minister for municipal affairs made a very peculiar response to a question by Laurie Blakeman, Liberal MLA for Edmonton-Centre. She was posing a question about how the revenues from taxes disproportionately went to rural Alberta. In Alberta some rural jurisdictions receive almost up to $2,000 for each of their citizens and for cities . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: Conservative Minister: Cities Don’t Contribute to the Albertan Economy
About 30 people gathered in Toronto last night to discuss what many hope will grow into a movement for archiving grassroots histories. The public meeting was organized by Ulli Diemer of the Connexions Archive as a way to bring like-minded activists and scholars together to find strategies for preserving the heritage of social movements and marginalized communities in Toronto and across Canada. (Check out #Connexions for the twitter feed from the event.) . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Do grassroots archives have a future? – Exhibition from archive of activist histories