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Accidental Deliberations: On parity

Jason, Scott and Joe Couture have all discussed the first month’s financial reports from Saskatchewan’s NDP leadership campaign. But I’ll add a couple of other points that jump out at me.

First, the fund-raising numbers show just how different this leadership campaign will be compared to the 2009 version.

While the official reports don’t seem . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On parity

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: Leadership 2012 – Candidate What-Ifs

Following up on this post, let’s look at a few what-ifs from the NDP’s leadership campaign in retrospect – this time wondering how the outcome might have changed from the perspective of the candidates based on choices made during the course of the race. And it’s fairly easy to narrow down the list based on . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 – Candidate What-Ifs

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

– Susan Delacourt notes that while the NDP’s leadership convention points out some of the risks of online voting, the real problem lies in the people working to block democracy through any available means: While those who use computers have become accustomed to the system-fail message about files being . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Lessons Learned – Pundit Edition

With a week’s perspective on the NDP’s leadership campaign, I’ll take a quick look back to see – particularly in comparing my own impressions as to how the vote might play out to what actually happened.

To start off with, let’s note that of all the publicly-available metrics available to evaluate the race, none served . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Lessons Learned – Pundit Edition

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– Fred Wilson weighs in on Thomas Mulcair’s mandate as the NDP’s new leader: (M)any progressives with no interest whatsoever in a “Blairist” agenda had found their way to the Mulcair camp. They supported Mulcair for two reasons — to maintain the party’s base in Quebec, and to immediately . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your weekend.

– pogge rounds up last week’s news on the Robocon front – while the outside attack on the NDP’s leadership vote suggests that the block-the-vote crowd isn’t limiting its work to general elections.

– Meanwhile, Dave connects some dots between the Harper Cons, the B.C. Libs and two . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 – Third Ballot Endorsement

The second-ballot results leave little room for doubt as to the ultimate conclusion of the NDP’s leadership campaign – with the main question now being whether there will be a fourth ballot to determine the party’s leader. And after two ballots of working on shaping the issues drawn from the leadership voting results, I’ll now . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 – Third Ballot Endorsement

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 – Second Ballot Endorsement

First-ballot results are here. My quick read is that three candidates have a remaining path to victory (no, I can’t see any chance for Peggy Nash when even her vote combined with Dewar’s wouldn’t vault her ahead of Brian Topp), and one of those fits with the themes I most want to see emerging from . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 – Second Ballot Endorsement

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

A few of the more interesting pieces of news from the NDP leadership campaign as it culminates in today’s voting…

– For those looking for a rundown of the contenders in the smallest possible number of words, John Ibbitson’s tip sheet has what you’re after.

– A couple of late-campaign interviews worth noting include Brian . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

Accidental Deliberations: Musical interlude

In keeping with the convention theme…KTA – Longer than a Lifetime

(And if anybody has audio of the song from Jack Layton’s tribute, feel free to pass along the link.)

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 – First Ballot Endorsement

The NDP’s leadership campaign has presented such a wide variety of opportunities and questions for party members that it’s been difficult to decide who to endorse – and I’ve reached my own first-ballot decision only after taking time to see how those have been balanced out in this afternoon’s leadership showcase. But for what it’s . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 – First Ballot Endorsement

Accidental Deliberations: The rainbow coalition

I noted a couple of days ago that Stephane Dion’s Lib leadership campaign offered some cautionary tales for the NDP’s contenders. But one of his more effective strategic choices has been embraced wholeheartedly.

At the Libs’ convention, Dion’s green theme set his camp apart in a sea of red. But the NDP’s candidates have chosen . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: The rainbow coalition

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 – Policy Highlights

With the NDP’s leadership convention set to start tomorrow (and assorted hospitality suites already starting up tonight), I won’t be able to finish off my initial plan to put together full policy reviews for each of the candidates. But instead, I’ll take some time to highlight a few innovative ideas which haven’t received a lot . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 – Policy Highlights

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

I didn’t think much could come along at this point in the NDP’s leadership campaign to significantly change my voting considerations [edit: other than the type of organizational problem discussed here]. But the CROP poll published in Le Soleil may well do just that.

No, it isn’t a surprise to see Thomas Mulcair well ahead . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

Accidental Deliberations: On warning signs

It may be that upwards of 70% of the NDP’s leadership votes are already in before the convention this weekend. But here’s another suggestion as to why it’s worth being in the minority who wait for all the available information before casting a ballot – as well as a cautionary tale in what to look . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On warning signs

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

Another day, another set of NDP leadership campaign stories.

– Niki Ashton won the support of the NDP’s Socialist Caucus.

– Nathan Cullen expanded on his joint nomination proposal with a far more appealing discussion of co-operation in general: Cullen isn’t shy about what he has in mind.

“If the explicit question is put . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

A quick look at the latest news as the NDP’s leadership convention approaches.

– Alice’s latest Power Play appearance saw her discuss Nathan Cullen’s campaign:

Meanwhile, Cullen received an endorsement from Murray Dobbin – which is particularly noteworthy since Dobbin had previously lined up behind Peggy Nash.

– Paul Dewar’s interview with Jessica Bruno . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

Accidental Deliberations: The decisive question

Following up on my candidate questionnaire and previous posts about party organization, I’ll offer my own observations on the final two questions I posed to the leadership candidates.

I start from the premise that the primary goals of a leader are to serve as the party’s public face and chief strategist. And while all of . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: The decisive question

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

With the NDP’s leadership campaign entering its final week, it’s no great surprise to see plenty more punditry than usual surrounding the race. But what might influence the ballots cast this week (which may end up making all the difference)?

– The most attention over the last day or so has gone to Doris Layton’s . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – March 18, 2012

Since last week, we’ve seen the NDP’s leadership campaign win plenty more attention in the media. But has any of the news managed to change the positioning of the candidates?

1. Thomas Mulcair (1)

Well, we’ve certainly seen Thomas Mulcair under the microscope more than he’s ever been. But while the week gave rise to . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – March 18, 2012

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Questionnaire Response – Niki Ashton

Finally, Niki Ashton had this to offer in response to my party organization questionnaire: 1. As leader, what changes (if any) would you seek to make to the NDP’s:(a) caucus management and discipline?

Caucus members are elected as New Democrats, and I believe that, where there is a clearly established party policy, they are obliged . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Questionnaire Response – Niki Ashton

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Questionnaire Response – Paul Dewar

While noting the resources involved in responding to a request for information delivered late in the NDP’s leadership campaign, I have to be impressed when a candidate who could easily enough have pointed to a well-publicized platform plank instead deal directly with the specific issues raised in a questionnaire. And the final two responses get . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Questionnaire Response – Paul Dewar

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Questionnaire Response – Thomas Mulcair

Here’s Thomas Mulcair’s response to my leadership questionnaire on the NDP’s party organization: 1. As leader, what changes (if any) would you seek to make to the NDP’s:(a) caucus management and discipline?(b) membership engagement and organizational structure?(c) policy development process?(d) candidate recruitment and nomination process?(e) relationship to other political parties?(f) relationship to traditional allies in . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Questionnaire Response – Thomas Mulcair

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Questionnaire Response – Peggy Nash

Last week, I crowdsourced some questions to the NDP’s leadership candidates about their plans for party organization. (Unfortunately the comments have disappeared, and I’m still working on getting them to reappear – but as you’ll see I incorporated changes into my draft version.)

Obviously it’s been a busy time for the campaigns, and so I . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Questionnaire Response – Peggy Nash