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Accidental Deliberations: On second choices

The next week should be a relatively quiet one for the Saskatchewan NDP’s leadership candidates: the membership deadline has passed, while the finalized list of members won’t necessarily be available until the end of the week ahead (per the leadership rules). But I’ll use the opportunity to note one point to watch as the voting . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On second choices

Calgary Grit: The Table Stakes

Forget Mark Carney. We need “electable” candidates like Jim Karygiannis in this race!

Now that we know who can run for Liberal leader (namely, anyone with $75,000 and 300 signatures), the question becomes who should run:

“We have to be careful not to think that somebody who wants to raise his or her . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: The Table Stakes

A BCer in Toronto: #ndpldr pics, video and a few thoughts

It was a very long Saturday at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre — about 12 hours for me, longer for others — for the NDP to arrive at what, for many, was an inevitable result: the election of Thomas Mulcair as their new leader. With Mulcair set to take his seat as leader . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: #ndpldr pics, video and a few thoughts

LeDaro: Thomas Mulcair Wins the NDP Leadership Race

It was a long and at times exceptionally boring convention. Because of the computer glitches and delay in vote count, it looked like an eternity especially as – on top of the glitches – it took four ballots to declare Mulcair winner.

When I watched the very first debate between the candidates I predicted . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Thomas Mulcair Wins the NDP Leadership Race

LeDaro: Martin Singh: NDP Leadership Convention 2012

Martin Singh also gave a great speech. It is a very moving speech. Watch and enjoy.

I believe both Nathan Cullen and Martin Singh gave great speeches.

Progressive Proselytizing: My NDP leadership ballot rankings

Let’s just get it over with:

 Nathan Cullen  Brian Topp  Peggy Nash  Paul Dewar  Niki Ashton  Thomas Mulcair  Martin Singh

These rankings are not necessarily who I think is best as the leader, but are for a variety of strategic reasons as written below. The major choices involved where I am showing a distinct . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: My NDP leadership ballot rankings

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 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 Roundup

The latest couple of days worth of news as the NDP’s leadership campaign enters its final week – aside from multiple candidates including Niki Ashton, Paul Dewar and Peggy Nash all taking the opportunity to call for unity in the wake of the continued overreaction to Ed Broadbent’s latest comments.

– Ashton made the case . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

A couple more days’ worth of developments in the NDP’s leadership campaign…

– Niki Ashton argued that Canada’s grain supply should be considered a strategic resource in evaluating takeover bids for Viterra, and earned a glowing profile from Carol Goar.

– Nathan Cullen unveiled another caucus endorsement from Bruce Hyer (who also listed Thomas . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

Progressive Proselytizing: Vancouver NDP leadership debate candidate rankings

The NDP’s final leadership debate wrapped up today in Vancouver in advance of the March 24th leadership convention. It has been a long road since the first debate back in Ottawa, and every candidate has managed to both improve their debating skills as well as set out key policy and stylistic differences between themselves . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Vancouver NDP leadership debate candidate rankings

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – March 11, 2012

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen what look to be a couple of noteworthy efforts among the NDP’s leadership candidates to reach out to other campaigns’ supporters in order to win over the down-ballot support that will likely decide the outcome of the campaign. So how have those efforts changed my rankings as . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – March 11, 2012

Song of the Watermelon: Reading the NDP Tea Leaves

Any good pundit (for is that not what I aspire to become?) must dispense with caution and modesty from time to time and, in godlike fashion, attempt to predict the future. It is a virtually risk-free enterprise. If my prediction turns out wrong, no one will notice or care, because the political commentariat . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Reading the NDP Tea Leaves

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

As we enter the last few weeks of the NDP’s leadership race, we’re of course seeing loads of attention. But what from the flurry of activity might actually affect the results of the leadership race as well as the party’s future development?

– Niki Ashton took questions at Rabble, including this on how to fight . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – March 4, 2012

With the voting window open and the second-last debate having just finished, we’re into the home stretch of the NDP’s leadership campaign. I’ve posted on the outcomes I’d like to see – but since that’s a separate question entirely from how I think matters actually will play out, let’s see if anything has changed since . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – March 4, 2012

It’s #ndpldr Voting Time

Starting today members of the NDP (New Democratic Party) will start to receive their voting information in the mail. Members can choose to vote immediately upon receiving their information. Below are the details on how to vote as released from Leadership 2012 How To Vote There are four ways you can vote for the next . . . → Read More: It’s #ndpldr Voting Time

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

Progressive Proselytizing: Impressions and Analysis from the Winnipeg NDP Leadership Debate

The following is my impressions of the candidates and discussion of various issues raised in the Winnipeg NDP Leadership Debate. Past debate coverage:  Ottawa | Toronto | Halifax 

Brian Topp: I believe that Brian Topp won this debate. I don’t say that lightly; in every other debate thus far I have ranked him several . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Impressions and Analysis from the Winnipeg NDP Leadership Debate

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – February 26, 2012

Today’s debate didn’t do much to resolve the continued uncertainty surrounding the NDP’s leadership campaign, particularly among the candidates I’ve had ranked between 2nd and 5th for the bulk of the race. But let’s see if the last week has changed any of the rankings…

1. Thomas Mulcair (1)

Mulcair still ranks well ahead of . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – February 26, 2012

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – February 19, 2012

We’ll get plenty more information about where the leadership campaign stands once we see how membership sales have turned out. But there’s been enough news in the past week to make one change to the rankings for now.

1. Thomas Mulcair (1)

When I started these rankings, I clarified that being ranked at the top . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – February 19, 2012

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – February 12, 2012

It’s undoubtedly been an eventful seven days in the NDP’s leadership campaign – and one of the most important weeks of the race is just around the corner as the membership deadline approaches. But does any of the activity change this week’s rankings?

1. Thomas Mulcair (1)

Certainly not at the top. And in . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – February 12, 2012

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – February 5, 2012

Since it’s been a little while, I’ll offer another of my periodic caveats that these rankings are intended to reflect my perception as to how likely a particular candidate is to win the NDP’s leadership rather than my own preferences. So has anything changed on that front since last week?

1. Thomas Mulcair (1)

Well, . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – February 5, 2012

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

Thanks to an end-of-week conference it’s been a few days since I’ve done a general roundup on the NDP leadership race. And based on the pace of activity, it looks like we’re into the home stretch as candidates enter the last couple of weeks in which to sign up new members.

– Niki Ashton unveiled . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

Progressive Proselytizing: Halifax NDP Federal Leader Debate January 29th Analysis

The following is various reactions and analysis of the Halifax NDP Federal Leader debate on January 27th. Previous NDP debate commentary: Dec 4th Ottawa Debate | January 18th Toronto Debate part 1 | January 18th Toronto Debate part 2 (Issues and Themes).  The third English language debate largely followed the themes and style of the . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Halifax NDP Federal Leader Debate January 29th Analysis

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – January 29, 2012

With one exception, the NDP’s Halifax leadership debate looks largely to have largely reinforced the previous positions of its leadership candidates. But there could be plenty more changes in store if a few developments from the debate hold up in the weeks to come.

1. Thomas Mulcair (1)

As the front-runner, Mulcair naturally took . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – January 29, 2012