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 ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Lessons Learned – Party Edition

I’ll close off my discussion of the NDP’s leadership campaign with another lessons learned post – this one from the standpoint of the party in administering the campaign. For the most part, the campaign seems to have thoroughly served its purpose in allowing candidates ample opportunity to showcase themselves without going into the debt that’s ...

Accidental Deliberations: The upward trajectory

Alice posts the latest NDP membership numbers, showing a sharp spike in several regions of the country even before the leadership campaign has started in earnest. And the immediate growth looks to have the potential both to significantly change the calculations involved for the NDP leadership contenders, and set a base to start boosting the ...

Accidental Deliberations: On comparative advantages

At least a few Canadian commentators have looked to Australia’s process for selecting party leaders – with the party caucus rather than its membership making the choice – as a model which we should emulate. Which makes it noteworthy that it’s Bruce Hawker of Australia’s Labor Party making a compelling case as to why we ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012: The Playing Field

With the NDP set to discuss the rules for its upcoming leadership campaign. So let’s take a quick look at a few of the basic issues involved, along with the answers which I’d think would best serve the goal of developing into a sustainable progressive governing party. Timing At the moment, there seems to be ...

Progressive Proselytizing: NDP vs Liberal Leadership Election Procedures

We are at a unique position not seen in a long time when both the NDP and the Liberals are set to elect new leadership and are currently led by interim leaders. Following Jack Layton’s death, the NDP will hold its leadership vote in January of 2012 and the Liberals will delay their vote until ...

A BCer in Toronto: Video: Don Plett rips into Peter MacKay on one member, one vote

As promised, here’s some video of a speech Conservative Senator and former party president Don Plett gave at a hospitality suite Thursday night sponsored by MP Scott Reid, who is leading the movement to do reform the system of riding weighting for leadership voting that the party adopted when it was formed through the merer ...

A BCer in Toronto: Video: James Moore and Mark Strahl on one member, one vote

As I mentioned earlier, an attempt led by MP Scott Reid to change the equal ridings one member, one vote method of leadership selection is generating buzz at the Conservative convention. I’ll have a fiery speech on the topic shortly, but here are BC MP Mark Strahl (son of Chuck) and BC Minister James Moore ...