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Accidental Deliberations: A place for discussion

Following up on yesterday’s column, I’ll expand somewhat on some of the decisions the NDP may want to consider as (or before) it elects new leaders. And since the recent federal convention has been treated by other commentators as everything from a shi… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: A place for discussion

Accidental Deliberations: On oversimplification

One could hardly design a more stark contrast between the complex realities of politics and the media’s tendency to portray them in appallingly simplified terms than Althia Raj’s report on the NDP’s conference calls with party members last week. But fo… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On oversimplification

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

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

Accidental Deliberations: On rebuilding steps

I’ve posted before about the NDP’s strong progressive stance since the October election – which looks to be a positive move in terms of principles and politics alike.  But there’s also a great deal of work to be done on the party side. And I’ll su… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On rebuilding steps

Accidental Deliberations: On full responses

I’ll weigh in quickly on the controversy surrounding Jean-Francois Delisle – and start by noting that his comments yesterday reflected a desire to alter law to discriminate against a particular group that we shouldn’t accept from any political candidate or party.

That said, today’s follow-up statement also signals that responsibility will fall where it should . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On full responses

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– David Climenhaga sees Jeremy Corbyn’s resounding victory in the Labour leadership race as compelling evidence that progressive hope can win over centre-right fearmongering, while Michael Laxer takes some lessons away for Canadian politics. And Paul Krugman notes that there’s a reason why voting members didn’t take the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, pointing out that if the Harper Cons have little idea what they’re doing in Canada’s federal election, it isn’t for lack of advantages over their opponents in planning out a campaign.

For further reading…– Alice Funke offers a thorough look at the new strategic challenges facing all of Canada’s major political parties.  – Michael . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: On party positioning

Leaving aside whether Stephen Harper’s previously-undisclosed media monitoring is actually right in substance, Brian Jean isn’t entirely wrong as to why he and other Con MPs are facing it: Conservative MP Brian Jean, who is on the list, said he’s not sure why he was flagged, but also said he isn’t troubled by it.

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The Scott Ross: The Real Problem For BC Liberals

It’s not the low poll numbers or the ethnic voter outreach controversy, the real problem for the BC Liberals is that there are BC Liberals who want a problem.

Considering it was just 2011 when the federal Conservatives’ ethnic voter strategy made headlines it’s more than obvious that the current outrage against Christy Clark and . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The Real Problem For BC Liberals

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Lessons Learned – Party Edition

I’ll close off my discussion of the NDP’s leadership campaign with another lessons learned post – this one from the standpoint of the party in administering the campaign.

For the most part, the campaign seems to have thoroughly served its purpose in allowing candidates ample opportunity to showcase themselves without going into the debt that’s . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Lessons Learned – Party Edition

Accidental Deliberations: Guest Post: On governing authorities

Dan Tan offers another guest post – this one responding to a bit of misplaced advice from Embassy with a helpful reminder as to how policy is formulated within the NDP: The foreign-affairs publication ‘Embassy’ recently published the following article: Advocates hope new Opposition leader shifts NDP position on Israel The election of Thomas Mulcair . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Guest Post: On governing authorities

Accidental Deliberations: The new baseline

In this year’s federal election, the NDP took 32% of the vote in Saskatchewan – but didn’t win a single seat as other parties dropped off the map and the Cons consolidated public support in all but one riding. And in last night’s provincial election, t… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: The new baseline

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012: Rulebook Review

As promised, let’s take a quick look through the NDP’s official leadership rules. On the whole, the regulations don’t look to particularly favour any one candidate – but they do include a few noteworthy twists which may help to shape the outcome.The So… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012: Rulebook Review

Accidental Deliberations: On comparative advantages

At least a few Canadian commentators have looked to Australia’s process for selecting party leaders – with the party caucus rather than its membership making the choice – as a model which we should emulate. Which makes it noteworthy that it’s Bruce Haw… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On comparative advantages

Accidental Deliberations: On learning experiences

Let’s close this blog’s discussion of #vancon2011 with one last post, this time dealing with the NDP’s constitutional preamble – which figured to be the convention’s main topic of interest until it was deferred for further consultation.There’s no doubt… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On learning experiences

Accidental Deliberations: On maturing processes

Let’s take a look at a couple of final issues from #vancon2011, starting with the series of machinations around resolutions ruling out merger or non-compete agreements with the Liberals.As I noted at the time, the convention planners gave a prominent p… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On maturing processes

Accidental Deliberations: On timelines

August 2009: The NDP’s federal convention in Halifax votes to have the party’s executive draft a new preamble to the NDP’s constitution.May 2011: The NDP achieves unprecedented success in Canada’s federal election, forming Canada’s Official Opposition … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On timelines

Accidental Deliberations: Just wondering…

…but can anybody else remember a case of proportional representation being used as a boogeyman outside of an actual electoral reform referendum?I ask only because Peter MacKay’s plea to keep the Cons’ party constitution as is seems to go way over the… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Just wondering…