Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.
– Brendan Haley explains why the Cons’ let-them-build-pipelines economic approach is doomed to fail from the standpoint of prosperity as well as that of sustainability: There is a certain spirit of defensiveness and vulnerability behind the Conservatives’ economic choices. Ideologically incapable of admitting that the private sector can run into . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.
– Tim Harper reminds us why Brad Wall is thoroughly off base in claiming that it’s the duty of every Canadian politician to demonstrate constant fealty to his resource-sector puppet-masters: The Conservatives, of course, would like the entire country to come together behind their view of resource extraction, but . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links
After the first ballot results were announced yesterday, I pointed out the 20% net margin of support that Cam Broten needed to turn a close first-ballot result into a narrow win. And that turned out to be exactly what materialized: of the 2,393 votes cast initially for either Trent Wotherspoon or Erin Weir, the final . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr – The Dramatic Conclusion
The Saskatchewan NDP leadership’s first-ballot results and ensuing developments are in. And while the balloting may be somewhat shorter than it could have been due to Trent Wotherspoon’s withdrawal, there’s still plenty of intrigue surrounding the second and final ballot.
The safest assumption may be to assume that down-ballot voting will mirror first-ballot results – . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr – First Ballot Analysis
With upwards of 70% of eligible voters having already cast a ballot (and plenty of question as to how many more will do so), it’s anybody’s guess as to whether new votes today will substantially influence the results of Saskatchewan’s NDP leadership race.
But for those still looking for a point of reference in deciding, . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr – Convention Decision Points
With this weekend’s convention approaching, we’re starting to see plenty more media coverage of the Saskatchewan NDP leadership race. So for those who haven’t yet voted (or those looking for some new material generally), there’s discussion on offer through:– Metro’s brief profiles of each of Cam Broten, Ryan Meili and Trent Wotherspoon;– Murray Mandryk’s latest, . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Roundup
Here, on how the Saskatchewan NDP’s leadership campaign winding up this weekend looks to be well ahead of the party’s 2009 campaign in voter turnout and fund-raising.
For further reading…– The current financial reports from this year’s campaign are here. 2009 numbers are from James Wood’s post-campaign report, showing full-campaign donations of $131,132 to Dwain . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day
So far, I’ve limited these rankings to the question of which candidate I see as most likely to emerge victorious at the Saskatchewan NDP’s leadership convention.
But since the rankings haven’t produced any substantial movement, I’ll include a bit more to this week’s prognostication, adding my best guess as to the candidates’ first-ballot support andestimated . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Candidate Rankings – March 5
Let’s close out my series of candidate reviews with a look at Trent Wotherspoon.
At the start of the campaign, Wotherspoon’s campaign looked to have plenty of room for variance in multiple directions.
On the upside, his flashy and well-attended launch and early spending spree raised the prospect that he might be able to . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Candidate Review – Trent Wotherspoon
Following up on yesterday’s candidate review posts, let’s move on to a look at Erin Weir’s Saskatchewan NDP leadership campaign.
Weir’s launch came at a time when it wasn’t clear who (if anybody) would join Cam Broten and Trent Wotherspoon in the race. And under those circumstances, Weir looked well placed to serve as the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Candidate Review – Erin Weir
As I mentioned in offering my endorsement, Ryan Meili has managed to cover all of the most important bases for a leadership candidate over the course of the campaign. On the first primary question as to what vision he’d present for the party and the province, Meili always held an advantage based on the thought . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Candidate Review – Ryan Meili
Apparently nearly 60% of Saskatchewan’s NDP members had already voted for a leadership candidate as of Friday, and the remaining candidates are all launching determined efforts to lock in all the support they can before Tuesday’s advance voting deadline. As a result, it’s a distinct possibility that the result of the leadership race will be . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Candidate Review – Cam Broten
With the advance voting window closing on Tuesday and the Saskatchewan NDP’s convention set to take place next weekend, we’ve seen a flurry of leadership activity in the last few days – including both late appeals from the candidates themselves, and additional material for discussion.
On the candidate front, Trent Wotherspoon’s campaign released his closing . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Roundup
For those of us curious as to why one of the most significant voices in Saskatchewan NDP’s leadership campaign has been fairly quiet lately, Scott Stelmaschuk offered his explanation this week – as well as an endorsement that everybody within the party should be able to support.
Meanwhile, there hasn’t been much other news to . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Roundup
For obvious reasons, there’s at least one change to this week’s Saskatchewan NDP leadership candidate rankings. But will there be any more news other than Erin Weir’s withdrawal from the race at a time when most of the voting is expected to be taking place?
1. Ryan Meili (1)
Well, Meili for one should enjoy . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Candidate Rankings – February 26
Let’s close out my review at the Saskatchewan NDP’s leadership debates with a brief look at the Moose Jaw forum – which featured a fair bit of talk about specific local issues (including candidate and member questions about the closure of the Valley View Centre) in addition to a familiar set of general themes:
. . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr – Moose Jaw Debate Notes
Dan Tan has already provided one follow-up post on the sudden rash of commentary arising out of Erin Weir’s decision to withdraw from the Saskatchewan NDP leadership race and endorse Ryan Meili. But I’ll take my own look at how the Weir endorsement and the associated reaction from the Village (or should we call it . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On divisions
Alongside yesterday’s news of Erin Weir’s withdrawal to support Ryan Meili in the Saskatchewan NDP leadership race (also discussed by Scott and Brian) came a few other noteworthy developments – not the least of which was the reaction of the other two leadership candidates (discussed here by Jason).
Meanwhile, Meili released a seniors policy incorporating . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Roundup
Obviously Erin Weir’s decision to withdraw from the Saskatchewan NDP’s leadership race and endorse Ryan Meili looks to be one of the most important developments of the campaign. While there’s still a wide range of possible outcomes among the remaining candidates, the movement of any substantial portion of Weir’s support should nearly ensure that Meili . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On effective departures
One of the dangers of trying to catch up to past leadership events is the possibility that any analysis might be overtaken by more recent developments. But before we find out what’s involved in today’s joint announcement from Ryan Meili and Erin Weir, let’s take a look at one more of the leadership debates.
. . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr – Prince Albert Debate Notes
While there’s been plenty of news in Saskatchewan’s NDP leadership campaign over the past week, there’s hasn’t been much evidence to suggest the campaign’s shape has changed to any great degree. So rather than explaining why this week’s rankings stay the same, I’ll include a comment on pluses for each candidate which haven’t received much . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Candidate Rankings – February 19
Alice’s comparison between the federal Lib leadership race and that of Saskatchewan’s NDP is well worth a look. But let’s draw a somewhat more clear contrast between the depth of discussion within the two campaigns – even if based on somewhat incomplete data in both cases.
Again, here’s Erin Weir’s comparison chart of the policies . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Compare and contrast
While I’ve tried to stay as current as possible in discussing the Saskatchewan NDP leadership debates, there have been some limitations in my ability to do so based on both the party’s capacity to upload past debates, and my own time in reviewing them. As a result, I’m still working on getting caught up on . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr – Yorkton Debate Notes
The final official debate of Saskatchewan’s NDP leadership campaign took place yesterday in Saskatoon – and since it was livestreamed, I’ll offer some commentary on it for now, then link to the video when it’s available.
In contrast to all of the debates since the Regina kick-off (the other debate which was live-streamed), yesterday’s . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr – Saskatoon Debate II Notes