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Blunt Objects Blog: End of the Line for Mulcair?

The Denial of NikiToday has been an absolute horror show for NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair. Not only did a group of Quebec activists and former MPs come out asking for “renewal” in specific terms, but current MP and past leadership contender Niki Ashton re… . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects Blog: End of the Line for Mulcair?

Blunt Objects Blog: End of the Line for Mulcair?

The Denial of NikiToday has been an absolute horror show for NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair. Not only did a group of Quebec activists and former MPs come out asking for “renewal” in specific terms, but current MP and past leadership contender Niki Ashton re… . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects Blog: End of the Line for Mulcair?

Politics and its Discontents: Agitation At The Globe and Mail Continues

In the throes of some form of political delirium tremens since Thomas Mulcair’s election as leader of the NDP, the Globe and Mail has apparently lost its lexicographical grasp, describing three resignations from the party with the following hyperbole:

Communications director joins NDP exodus under Mulcair

Expect more of the same as panic continues . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Agitation At The Globe and Mail Continues

Politics and its Discontents: From The Bottom Of The Swamp: Conservative Reaction to Mulcair’s Victory

Why does the Conservative Party’s classlessness never really surprise me?

On Saturday, before Prime Minister Stephen Harper had a chance to congratulate the new leader of the Official Opposition, the Conservative party had already released a statement attacking the New Democrat.

“Thomas Mulcair is an opportunist whose high-tax agenda, blind ambition and divisive personality would . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: From The Bottom Of The Swamp: Conservative Reaction to Mulcair’s Victory

Blunt Objects: Congratulations to Thomas Mulcair

Congrats to the New Leader of the NDP.

An interesting note from your resident Teddy, now that Mulcair has won, each of the Federal leaders hasA – Been active in more than one political party (Rae and Mulcair in the Liberals and NDP, and Harper in Reform, the Alliance, and the Tories)andB – Each has . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: Congratulations to Thomas Mulcair

Blunt Objects: NDP 1st ballot and Donations

Teddy here. A simple graphic I made that I found interesting.

Trashy's World: NDP race…

… can Cullen pull this off? He’s definitely in contention… going to be an interesting 2nd ballot result. Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

The Equivocator: The NDP Leadership Foreign Policy Awards – 2012

The evening of the Academy Awards a good friend and I were reviewing the foreign policy platforms of three NDP leadership candidates, Tom Mulcair, Brian Topp and Peggy Nash. Here are some awards we created for each of the three candidates’ policies:

Most impressive foreign policy recommendation:

Peggy Nash – “Prioritizing efforts in those . . . → Read More: The Equivocator: The NDP Leadership Foreign Policy Awards – 2012

The NDP Only Sign up 45,000 New Members for their Leadership Race.

The Federal NDP signed up 45,000 new members to bring their national membership to 128,000 members.

NDP Leadership Candidates (Clement Allard/Canadian Press)

That sounds like a lot.

But to put it into context, the BC Liberals had a membership of 96,000 going into their leadership vote, with about 40,000 of them being new members. . . . → Read More: The NDP Only Sign up 45,000 New Members for their Leadership Race.

In the NDP Quest For Votes, Nothing Is Sacred, Not Even The Canada Health Act

I am well past the age where disillusionment comes easily, so it did not really surprise me to read of Peggy Nash’s willingness to abandon the principles of the Canada Health Act in her quest for Quebec support.

Just another reason to regard ‘political integrity’ as a contemporary oxymoron. Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: In the NDP Quest For Votes, Nothing Is Sacred, Not Even The Canada Health Act

Blunt Objects: Dueling NDP Polls Show New Realities

So apparently NDP leadership candidates Paul Dewar, Thomas Mulcair, and Brian Topp have semi-released (Dewar maybe fully) internal campaign polls on the leadership race which are showing conflicting results. For a good analysis of the Dewar poll, read this Pundit’s Guide article.

But here are these numbers as they’ve been reported throughout the media:

As . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: Dueling NDP Polls Show New Realities

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Guest Post: Niki Ashton is young, but formidable, a future force to be reckoned with in the NDP

Niki Ashton at the City Arts Centre last night. Below: Post author Olav Rokne.

Business forced me to be in our nation’s capital when Niki Ashton, the latest candidate for the leadership of the New Democratic Party to visit Edmonton, spoke at the City Arts Centre in Old Strathcona last night. Since Edmonton’s mainstream media, . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Guest Post: Niki Ashton is young, but formidable, a future force to be reckoned with in the NDP

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: First impressions: No false steps that matter for NDP candidate Thomas Mulcair

Your blogger yesterday in a future vanity wall picture with NDP leadership candidate Thomas Mulcair.

Thomas Mulcair turned in a virtually faultless performance in Edmonton last night, proving once again that the federal Opposition New Democratic Party is attracting top-quality candidates as it completes its sad duty to replace Jack Layton.

Leastways, as far as . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: First impressions: No false steps that matter for NDP candidate Thomas Mulcair

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: The Marxist Analysis of ‘the Wave’ in Sports Stadia

Perfesser Dave at a Blue Jays game, photo courtesy a kindly Yankees fan. Below: Exhibition Stadium – the cheap seats are at left, directly behind centre field! Below that: Thomas Mulclair; Niki Ashton.

Maclean’s Magazine once said that the Toronto Maple Leafs – which should be called the Maple Leaves, but never mind – were . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: The Marxist Analysis of ‘the Wave’ in Sports Stadia

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: First impressions: NDP leadership candidate Peggy Nash in Edmonton

NDP leadership candidate Peggy Nash at last night’s “kitchen-table talk” in Edmonton. Below: Marlin Schmidt.

There are only three or so of the nine candidates for the leadership of the federal New Democratic Party, and therefore for Leader of the Opposition, who are truly qualified to do the job and do it right now.

One . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: First impressions: NDP leadership candidate Peggy Nash in Edmonton

Blunt Objects: And the winner of the first NDP debate is….

The Conservatives, because of the massive wealth of soundbites gained from the debate which will paint the new NDP leader as wanting to raise taxes, put through a carbon tax, destroy Canada’s resource extraction sector, and cripple free trade.

What’s worse is that pretty much every candidate said those exact things, including the frontrunner troika . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: And the winner of the first NDP debate is….

politics on CAPS LOCK: Liveblogging the first NDP leadership debate

The first NDP leadership debate is about to start. I’m not even going to liveblog in caps, THAT IS HOW SERIOUSLY I AM TREATING IT

12:03

Robert Chisholm, he is already somebody that I like. Here comes Niki Ashton, I like her too. So yeah, it’s going to be 120 minutes of me saying I . . . → Read More: politics on CAPS LOCK: Liveblogging the first NDP leadership debate

Blunt Objects: #NDPldr Debate #1: The Economy

Today’s Dipper leadership debate takes place in Ottawa at 2pm EST til 4pm, and apparently will focus on the economy.

Now what, you make ask, does a Dipper have to say about the economy that isn’t anything but tax rises? Well, there’s nine of them there to tell you what’s what. And it’s going to . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: #NDPldr Debate #1: The Economy

Blunt Objects: No, Paul Dewar, the NDP Has the Most to Grow in Ontario

Paul Dewar, NDP leadership candidate and MP for Ottawa Centre, has a very silly quote attributed to him:

“The orange wave stopped in Manitoba…”

No, the orange wave really stopped in Ontario, where the NDP’s small 7-point rise but failure to capitalize upon those gains to provide counterbalance to the Conservatives allowed that party to . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: No, Paul Dewar, the NDP Has the Most to Grow in Ontario

Blunt Objects: Handicapping the NDP Leadership Race

Eric Grenier over at 308.com has done something very fantastic this week with the conclusion of the provincial election bonanza that will be extremely helpful as the NDP leadership race moves along: an actual predictive method.You’d have to read Grenie… . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: Handicapping the NDP Leadership Race

thereginamom dot com

the regina mom feels wealthy these days. She was fortunate enough to be a recipient of an Emerging Artists Award from the Canada Council for the Arts last spring. There’s no scramble for contract work and there’s a bit of extra money around her house. So she got her hubby to blow twenty bucks on […] . . . → Read More: thereginamom dot com

Peggy Nash for NDP Leader

This morning Peggy Nash announced her candidacy for the leadership of the NDP. I’ve been waiting with baited breath for this moment and upon the announcement I sent an email to Peggy and her team issuing my full support of her candidacy. The emai… . . . → Read More: Peggy Nash for NDP Leader

Blunt Objects: Nash, Chisholm Likely Round Out Dipper Field

Both Peggy Nash (Parkdale-High Park) and Robert Chisholm (Dartmouth-Cole Harbour) have announced their intentions to enter into the increasingly crowded NDP leadership race, with Chisholm’s announcement coming up this Sunday, and Nash’s will be today (… . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: Nash, Chisholm Likely Round Out Dipper Field

LeDaro: Martin Singh: The new leader of NDP!

Sounds good to me. He is from the great Maritimes, wears fancy turban and looks likeable.“If New Democrats want a leader who will focus on Canada’s business community, the environment and health care, Martin Singh says he’s their man.”Read the … . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Martin Singh: The new leader of NDP!

politics on CAPS LOCK: Meeting the Candidates

I’ve made my mind up about who gets my #1 vote in the NDP leadership election, March 24, 2012, in Toronto. It’s Tom Mulcair.

Almost every declared and non-declared (or expectant) candidate for the national NDP leadership were in Edmonton this weekend. At first, we heard that Paul Dewar was coming Saturday night for a . . . → Read More: politics on CAPS LOCK: Meeting the Candidates