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centerandleft: Mulcair’s Center Squeeze

Most New Democrats – probably all New Democrats – genuinely dislike Steven Harper. With good reason, he’s muzzled scientists, bullied unions, abandoned the impoverished, given tax breaks to the largest corporations, all things that stir up democratic socialists. Yet, their newly minted leader was not only represented the Quebec Liberal Party in the Quebec National [...] . . . → Read More: centerandleft: Mulcair’s Center Squeeze

CuriosityCat: NDP claims about voter suppression attempts doubtful?

The NDPis claiming that the massive voter suppression attacks – done during thesecond, third and final ballot, and over the course of several hours, andinvolving more false calls than the NDP’s total membership and over 10,000captive or slave computers – did not have any effect on the number of partymembers who wished to vote: While voter turnout was low — about half the NDP’s 131,000members voted in advance, online or from the convention floor — Blaikieinsisted it wasn’t because of the slowdown. “We had absolutely no issues in first-ballot livevoting,” she said. “In that first ballot approximately 9,500 voted.In . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: NDP claims about voter suppression attempts doubtful?

CuriosityCat: The NDP Leadership vote: The Puzzle of just how many people voted

Trying topiece the numbers together to get a handle on the impact of voter suppressionduring the NDP leadership election is difficult because of the conflictingreports about just how many people voted in various ways. The NDPshould advise its members just how many people voted beforehand, how many votedlive while attending the convention and how many people voted liveelectronically from home, for each of the four ballots. Right nowthe numbers do not add up. Let’s startwith where the decrease of 2,600 votes between Ballot 1 and Ballot 2 might havecome from. Question: Howmany of the 56,000 who voted beforehand did not . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: The NDP Leadership vote: The Puzzle of just how many people voted

CuriosityCat: Did voter suppression change the results of the NDP leadership election?

For the2012 NDP leadership vote to be considered legitimate, the NDP needs to employwhatever devices it can (including resort to Elections Canada and the RCMP) toput to bed the valid questions which can be raised about the validity of itsconvention results. It ispossible that the results were influenced by the voter suppression . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Did voter suppression change the results of the NDP leadership election?

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 Thomas Mulcair would win the race. His top rival and establishment candidate, Brian Topp, simply did not come across as leadership material. He will be better off to remain a back room boy. The other problem with Topp was that his win would have required a

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LeDaro: Nathan Cullen: NDP Leadership Race March 2012

I believe Nathan Cullen gave one of the best speeches at the NDP Leadership convention in Toronto. Watch and enjoy.

Thomas Mulcair and Peggy Nash stumbled a bit.Read more here.Despite the missteps my predictions is that Thomas Mulcair will win the leadership.

Impolitical: NDP Convention – Day 1

Don’t know how coherent or value added this will be after a day of tweeting, thought I’d try to get a few things down here.

First of all, impressions on the afternoon’s “showcases” of the candidates, as the NDP termed them. There were a lot of supplemental activities (floor demos, introductory speakers, videos) surrounding most of the presentations and I think those choices may have been overdone, at least from the perspective of someone sitting here in the hall. It’s hard for me to say since I’m a critical observer, maybe the enthusiasm shown on the floor resonates with some

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CuriosityCat: Liberal blogger CalgaryGrit makes persuasive argument for Cullen as NDP leader

WesternGrit ranks the top NDP leadership candidates through the prism of what is best for the Liberal Party, and, while expressly not endorsing any candidate, outlines a very strong case for Nathan Cullen as the best NDP choice for Canada (my underlining): How would Cullen affect the LPC? Well, if elected leader, he could return us to (at least partial) power sooner than we are planning on… As part of a potential coalition government. I’m not so sure, however, that most Liberals would be ready for that (even IF we want it). Not sure we’d want to do that before . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Liberal blogger CalgaryGrit makes persuasive argument for Cullen as NDP leader

CuriosityCat: NDP Members: You can guarantee that an NDP MP will be our next prime minister IF …

… IF you make your decision to listen to the massive outpouring of views by NDP supporters and Liberal Party supporters, the bulk of whom favour electoral cooperation and post-election cooperation, designed to oust the Harper Tory government and put in place a government more in tune with the 60% of Canadian voters who for 3 elections have not voted for Harper. IF you vote for Nathan Cullen as your next leader, you will be: increasing dramatically the chances of Harper going down; increasing the chances of electoral reform to make our elections far more democratic. Think about the comments of . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: NDP Members: You can guarantee that an NDP MP will be our next prime minister IF …

CuriosityCat: Sorry, Michael: There will be Group Think at the NDP leadership convention

Michael Den Tandt of Postmedia News has been wrestling with the challenges posed by the unique NDP convention method. It is the first time in Canadian history that a leadership election will be fought in two spaces (the physical one of the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto), and in cyberspace (with tens of thousands of NDP members phoning in or voting online. Michael Den Tandt and Cyberspace Group Thinking

He thinks that the mix of physical and cyberspace means that the traditional group thinking one found in past physical space conventions will be absent this time around: Because the

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CuriosityCat: Ten thousand Canadians on electoral cooperation

The online activist group Leadnow.ca surveyed its members and found this result: This could be the start of something big. Last Thursday, we sent a message to the whole Leadnow community. We asked if you would support political cooperation between the NDP, Liberals and Greens to defeat the current government in the next election, and then pass electoral reform. Almost 10,000 responded. 95% said yes, with an astounding 72% “strongly agreeing”. Now, as the NDP and Liberals choose their new leaders, we urgently need to turn that incredible support into real action. Here’s the graph of the results: Let’s . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Ten thousand Canadians on electoral cooperation

CuriosityCat: Will Nathan Cullen have to thank these 2 if he becomes leader on Saturday?

We’ve heard little about the results of the push by these two significant groups, but perhaps by Sunday morning we will all be nodding our heads and saying: Of course! That’s what made it possible! Nathan Cullen – The Uniter Two online advocacy organizations are giving a potentially big boost to . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Will Nathan Cullen have to thank these 2 if he becomes leader on Saturday?

CuriosityCat: The C-word: Refreshing honesty from NDP’s Nathan Cullen

Remember when Michael  Ignatieff turned himself into a pretzel while trying to respond to the simple question whether he would or would not enter into a coalition with other parties if the Tories did not get a majority? It seemed that every day he had another answer, with the latest one depending on how exactly Stephen Harper jerked his puppet strings. An honest and brave politician

Many prominent Liberal and NDP politicians run for the hills when someone mentions a possible coalition. They seem to think that voters are idiots, who can be fooled into thinking nobody is prepared to . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: The C-word: Refreshing honesty from NDP’s Nathan Cullen

CuriosityCat: 40,000 Dippers Down, 90,000 to go!

There is a lot of interest in the election of the next NDP leader: thousands have already cast their preferential voting ballots! The NDP’s two-day leadership convention begins Friday in Toronto. More than 40,000 members have already voted using advance online or mail-in ballots. There are 131,000 members eligible to vote for the next leader of the Official Opposition. If another 40,000 intend to vote, and many of those keep their voting intentions close to their chests, then Saturday is going to be one helluva exciting day for suppporters of the NDP, as well as political junkies of all stripes. . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: 40,000 Dippers Down, 90,000 to go!

CuriosityCat: The Most Logical Structure for NDP-LPC Cooperation

Those who favour a merger of the NDP and Liberal Party should not hold their breath. These two parties have values systems that are significantly different at the moment, and each brings to the table baggage which would make a hippopotamus choke. Harper united the right wing parties (with a whiff of skullduggery in the process), and ended up gaming the archaic first-past-the-post system of federal elections, just as Chretien’s Liberals had managed to do before him. Harper won a minority government and soon edged this up to a majority government, all with just over one-third of the votes cast. . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: The Most Logical Structure for NDP-LPC Cooperation

Northern Reflections: Healing Divisions

The Toronto Star has endorsed Thomas Mulcair for the leadership of the NDP. So has Gerry Caplan. Ed Broadbent has his strident doubts. What’s going on?

Broadbent’s outburst was unexpectedly strident. He knows that — in the end — politics is about making deals. The question always is, what are the consequences down the road?  Broadbent fears that the NDP will sell out its social democratic principles for power. Caplan feels that, until the NDP wins a majority, the party will not be able to put its principles into practice. Mulcair, he writes, has the “royal jelly” to make

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CuriosityCat: The Root of the Conflict between NDP’s Ed Broadbent and Thomas Mulcair

Canadians can be excused for feeling a bit out of touch with the squabble that has engulfed the NDP. Ed Broadbent, the old warhorse with a long record of service to the NDP, has come out swinging at the upstart Thomas Mulcair, who has overshadowed Broadbent’s preferred candidate for new leader of the left wing party, Brian Topp. Thomas Mulcair’s High Noon Problem

To some, it might seem like a tempest in a teapost.

But it is not. It is a fight for the very soul of the NDP. To understand what is happening, you have to understand that the . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: The Root of the Conflict between NDP’s Ed Broadbent and Thomas Mulcair

CuriosityCat: Why Thomas Mulcair is not good for Canada

Mulcar: Not good for Canada at this time

I have liked Mulcair’s energy, his fighting spirit, his presentation of his arguments, and his willingness to mix it with those who oppose him. However, I do not believe that having Mulcair as the next leader of the NDP is in the interests of the majority of Canadians. I believe the main objective of the two opposition parties should be to remove Stephen Harper’s Tories as the government of our country, so that we can put behind us the regressive, mean-spirited, Republican-influenced methods and ideology that party brings to the  table. ‘ . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Why Thomas Mulcair is not good for Canada

CuriosityCat: How the ordinary NDP member can save Canada

There are barely 2 weeks left before Canada knows who will be the next leader of the NDP. There are 130,000 members of the NDP entitled to make this decision; and some 60,000 plus One hold the future of Canada in their hands. Your choice – as one of those 60,000 plus One – can change the history of our country in a way that is revolutionary. You can choose to do things the same old way. Or to make a decision that will propel our country to the forefront of modern democracies. And you can do it by deciding . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: How the ordinary NDP member can save Canada

CuriosityCat: NDP Leader: Nathan Cullen is the best choice for Canada

The biggest problem facing Canada right now is the apparent contempt for upholding our democratic rights that the current Harper new Tory government has.

This contempt is shown in the prorogations of the recent past; the attacks upon the independence of civil servants; the evasion shown in question period in Parliament when the Government ministers simply sidestep legitimate questions posed by opposition MPs; and the unwillingness of the Prime Minister to strike an independent judicial inquiry into the many accusations of voter suppression tactics during our May 2011 election. We deserve a better government than this. The Cullen Plan: And . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: NDP Leader: Nathan Cullen is the best choice for Canada

Impolitical: Tough analysis of Peggy Nash

By the Jurist: But it won’t be so easy to make up for any questions about unsure political footing once a new leader faces a Con government eager to spread banana peels everywhere then run attack ads about a lack of balance. Which is why Nash has gone from being my initial first choice to near the bottom of my ballot – and why NDP members may need to tread carefully in approaching Nash’s candidacy.

That was eye catching.

Impolitical: On the NDP numbers and race

The NDP leadership race membership numbers rolled in yesterday, accumulating to about 128,000 members, so I thought I’d do a rare blog post on their race. I have been watching but like many others on the outside, have found it very hard to gauge. They don’t do things the way a lot of other parties do and they take great pride in that. It’s not clear it’s necessarily a good thing beyond their membership though, at least if they were hoping that the leadership campaign would be a huge boost to the party’s fortunes.

You have leadership campaigns, theoretically

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CuriosityCat: What NDP members should learn from the recent Quebec plunge

The bottom is falling out of the support for the NDP in Quebec, as recent polls have shown:

The NDP nosedive in Quebec shows no signs of slowing down. With a steep drop in support among francophones, the New Democrats are now only one or two points ahead of their main rivals in the province, where more than half of the NDP’s 101 MPs were elected in May 2011. Two recent surveys, one by Nanos Research for CTV and The Globe and Mail and the other by Léger Marketing for Le Devoir and the Montreal Gazette, indicate the . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: What NDP members should learn from the recent Quebec plunge

Canadian Progressive World: VIDEO: Kerry-Ann Taylor makes a compelling case for Peggy Nash

Today, the NDP federal leadership hopefuls battle each other again during the party’s second official all candidates debate in Halifax. In this 30-sec YouTube video pitch, Kerry-Ann Taylor endorses Peggy Nash because “she’s a fighter …Read More

the reeves report: The cautious politics of choosing a leader

NDP leadership candidates at the first debate held in December, 2011.

As the race to replace Jack Layton heats up, it was only a matter of time before the candidates began taking significant steps to differentiate themselves from their fellow candidates. Eight candidates remain in the race to lead the NDP and Her Majesty’s Official Opposition, and the New Democrats should be proud of the field that vies to lead them.

It represents an engaging and representative swath of the population, increasing the likelihood that Canada’s New Democratic Party members will be able to identify with more leadership candidates than

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