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Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Profile – Niki Ashton

The final candidate to enter the NDP’s leadership race was Niki Ashton. And initially, far too many observers seem to have been eager to write off her candidacy. But while there’s little doubt that Ashton faces some hurdles in her candidacy, she’s done plenty to establish herself as a strong contender since joining the race.

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Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Profile – Peggy Nash

In some ways, Peggy Nash’s candidacy is the easiest and most straightforward to analyze among the NDP’s leadership contenders. She’s drawn her core support from the intersection of the party and the progressive movement, meaning that her initial strength can be set at a level that should keep her on at least a few ballots. . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Profile – Peggy Nash

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Profile – Thomas Mulcair

From the moment Thomas Mulcair chose to run as an NDP candidate for Parliament, he’s earned both more scrutiny and more attention than any other NDP represenative other than the leader who recruited him. Indeed, during slow news months there were even highly speculative stories about Mulcair trying to take over the NDP on Jack . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Profile – Thomas Mulcair

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Profile – Martin Singh

With the NDP’s leadership contestants otherwise consisting entirely of sitting MPs or media-anointed favourites, Martin Singh has faced a tougher job getting noticed than anybody else in the field. So how has he done trying to start from that disadvantage?

Strengths

So far, the answer looks to be “not badly at all”. Singh has presented . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Profile – Martin Singh

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Profile – Paul Dewar

From the moment his leadership campaign launched, Paul Dewar has been positioned as a compromise candidate. And prior to the first debate, it’s arguable that none of the candidates had done more to improve their standing in the race. But there are now some open questions as to whether Dewar will be able to sail . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Profile – Paul Dewar

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Profile – Nathan Cullen

Nathan Cullen was the third candidate to join the NDP’s leadership race. And initially, he figured to be a strong contender to win over soft support within the party as the campaign progressed.

Strengths

After all, Cullen’s bio includes experience as a successful critic or committee chair on issues ranging from the environment to resources . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Profile – Nathan Cullen

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Profile – Romeo Saganash

Romeo Saganash was the second candidate to enter the NDP’s leadership race, and remains one of the contenders with a plausible path to a strong victory. But how likely is it that Saganash can reach that result?

Strengths

On paper, there isn’t another candidate in the race with a personal story that holds a candle . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Profile – Romeo Saganash

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Profile – Brian Topp

Let’s start my series of NDP leadership candidate profiles with the first to enter the race, and one who’s probably inspired more discussion than any other so far: longtime organizer and strategist Brian Topp.

Strengths

Topp’s combination of organizational acumen and institutional support has been one of the defining features of the leadership campaign to . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Profile – Brian Topp