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Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Analysis – Niki Ashton

Let’s finish my series of relatively brief NDP leadership candidate evaluations with a look at Niki Ashton.

1. What direction will she set for the NDP?

There’s plenty to like about Ashton’s central themes of pursuing equality, engaging younger Canadians and non-voters and mounting a direct challenge to the Cons in the West: if . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Analysis – Niki Ashton

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Analysis – Nathan Cullen

Nathan Cullen has managed to put together than some observers (myself included) expected when he first raised the idea of joint nominations as a campaign centrepiece – and all while emphasizing that controversial proposal. But has he overcome the initial concerns?

1. What direction will he set for the NDP?

Well, I’ll have to mention . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Analysis – Nathan Cullen

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Analysis – Paul Dewar

Paul Dewar has been the quintessential middle-of-the-pack candidate thus far in the NDP’s leadership race, combining one obvious weakness with a strong organization and personal appeal to place himself within the second tier of contenders. So where will he place as the campaign draws to a close?

1. What direction will he set for the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Analysis – Paul Dewar

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Analysis – Thomas Mulcair

Thomas Mulcair has held the pole position from day one of the NDP’s leadership campaign, and only looks to have entrenched that status as the candidates behind him have focused largely on trying to make the final ballot.

1. What direction will he set for the NDP?And that’s much to Mulcair’s benefit, as there’s some . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Analysis – Thomas Mulcair

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Analysis – Peggy Nash

From the start of the NDP’s leadership campaign, I’ve been just one of many commentators anticipating a final ballot of Thomas Mulcair vs. Peggy Nash. But while Mulcair still looks like a safe bet, Nash is looking less so – and the factors at play in that assessment match my take on her as a . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Analysis – Peggy Nash

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Analysis – Martin Singh

Let’s turn to the second candidate to be reviewed as a contender for the NDP’s leadership. Martin Singh still looks to trail most of his competitors in the leadership campaign, but has undoubtedly raised his profile both inside and outside the party. So what would we expect if he were leader?

1. What direction . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Analysis – Martin Singh

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Analysis – Brian Topp

As promised, let’s take a look at each of the NDP’s leadership candidates through the lens of my three basic considerations – starting in reverse alphabetical order with Brian Topp.

1. What direction will he set for the NDP?

Topp has been more clear than any other candidate in the leadership race as to the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Analysis – Brian Topp