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BigCityLib Strikes Back: Cheri Di Novo Is Fucking Nuts

That is all.Other than maybe this, for now.  THERE IS MORE! . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Cheri Di Novo Is Fucking Nuts

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Cheri Di Novo Is Fucking Nuts

That is all.Other than maybe this, for now.  THERE IS MORE! . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Cheri Di Novo Is Fucking Nuts

Alberta Diary: Rachel Notley will either enter the Alberta NDP leadership race today or hold the strangest news conference ever

About-to-declare NDP leadership candidate Rachel Notley with the author of this blog. Below: Already declared NDP leadership candidate David Eggen with the same guy; Grant Notley. Bottom: Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Ric McIver at the “March for Jesus” in Calgary yesterday, grabbed from Mr. McIver’s Twitter account.

Good morning, everyone. Although you may . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Rachel Notley will either enter the Alberta NDP leadership race today or hold the strangest news conference ever

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: . . . → 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 . . . → 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 . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Thomas Mulcair Wins the NDP Leadership Race

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. . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Nathan Cullen: NDP Leadership Race March 2012

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 . . . → Read More: Impolitical: NDP Convention – Day 1

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 . . . → 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 . . . → 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 . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Sorry, Michael: There will be Group Think at the NDP leadership convention

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 . . . → 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 . . . → 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 . . . → 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 . . . → 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 . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: Healing Divisions

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 . . . → 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 . . . → 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 . . . → 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 . . . → 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 . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Tough analysis of Peggy Nash

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 . . . → Read More: Impolitical: On the NDP numbers and race