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Accidental Deliberations: On dividing lines

For the most part, Joan Bryden’s report signals that there isn’t much controversy left arising out of Alexandre Boulerice’s comments about niqabs in the civil service. But it’s worth asking whether the trial balloon floated by Boulerice serves any purpose whatsoever: Martin added that he has no problem with Boulerice’s suggestion that a pan-Canadian commission . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On dividing lines

Montreal Simon: The Absurd and Obscene Canonization of John Baird

I honestly thought that I would never have to write another word about the Con clown John Baird. And it was such a great feeling.I thought I had said all I needed to say about his shabby political career in this post. But unfortunately I'm going to have to write another post to register . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Absurd and Obscene Canonization of John Baird

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– David Miller makes the case to take aim at inequality in Canada: With globalization being the holy grail of efficiency, it became a race to the bottom as international capital sought the lowest cost and the lowest wages. The result in Canada and many other countries was the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Elizabeth May: Harper making Canada the North Korea of environmental law

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Green Party leader Elizabeth May says Prime Minister Stephen Harper is turning Canada into a “rogue nation” and the “North Korea of environmental law”. The Saanich-Gulf Islands MP was reacting to Thursday’s shocking revelation that the Conservative government last week quietly withdrew from yet another important international body, . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Elizabeth May: Harper making Canada the North Korea of environmental law

Progressive Proselytizing: NDP leadership election campaign debt

The NDP leadership campaign sparked considerable interest among Canadians and saw NDP membership soar, rising over 50% in six months to 128,351 on election day. Many of these first time members, such as myself, may well be interested in the NDP but may not be long term loyalists. After the campaign, the key is . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: NDP leadership election campaign debt

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 – Candidate What-Ifs

Following up on this post, let’s look at a few what-ifs from the NDP’s leadership campaign in retrospect – this time wondering how the outcome might have changed from the perspective of the candidates based on choices made during the course of the race. And it’s fairly easy to narrow down the list based on . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 – Candidate What-Ifs

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Lessons Learned – Pundit Edition

With a week’s perspective on the NDP’s leadership campaign, I’ll take a quick look back to see – particularly in comparing my own impressions as to how the vote might play out to what actually happened.

To start off with, let’s note that of all the publicly-available metrics available to evaluate the race, none served . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Lessons Learned – Pundit Edition

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

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 – First Ballot Endorsement

The NDP’s leadership campaign has presented such a wide variety of opportunities and questions for party members that it’s been difficult to decide who to endorse – and I’ve reached my own first-ballot decision only after taking time to see how those have been balanced out in this afternoon’s leadership showcase. But for what it’s . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 – First Ballot Endorsement

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Paul Dewar Is Apparently Going To Rap His Convention Speech

And he is not even slightly funky.

Cullen was quite eloquent re Northern Gateway.  Horwath got in a good line about Bob Rae knowing how to do what’s right by Bob Rae.  That got a roar out of some of the Libloggers present.  Dewar’s skillz, however, are truely inadequate.

Update:  Dewar actually spoke in the . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Paul Dewar Is Apparently Going To Rap His Convention Speech

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 – Policy Highlights

With the NDP’s leadership convention set to start tomorrow (and assorted hospitality suites already starting up tonight), I won’t be able to finish off my initial plan to put together full policy reviews for each of the candidates. But instead, I’ll take some time to highlight a few innovative ideas which haven’t received a lot . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 – Policy Highlights

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

I didn’t think much could come along at this point in the NDP’s leadership campaign to significantly change my voting considerations [edit: other than the type of organizational problem discussed here]. But the CROP poll published in Le Soleil may well do just that.

No, it isn’t a surprise to see Thomas Mulcair well ahead . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

Another day, another set of NDP leadership campaign stories.

– Niki Ashton won the support of the NDP’s Socialist Caucus.

– Nathan Cullen expanded on his joint nomination proposal with a far more appealing discussion of co-operation in general: Cullen isn’t shy about what he has in mind.

“If the explicit question is put . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

A quick look at the latest news as the NDP’s leadership convention approaches.

– Alice’s latest Power Play appearance saw her discuss Nathan Cullen’s campaign:

Meanwhile, Cullen received an endorsement from Murray Dobbin – which is particularly noteworthy since Dobbin had previously lined up behind Peggy Nash.

– Paul Dewar’s interview with Jessica Bruno . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

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 Questionnaire Response – Paul Dewar

While noting the resources involved in responding to a request for information delivered late in the NDP’s leadership campaign, I have to be impressed when a candidate who could easily enough have pointed to a well-publicized platform plank instead deal directly with the specific issues raised in a questionnaire. And the final two responses get . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Questionnaire Response – Paul Dewar

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

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

Followup commentary from the final NDP leadership on Sunday, as well as a couple more days worth of developments in the campaign.

– Most of the post–debate coverage focused on a Thomas Mulcair-vs-the field contrast, while Quinn and Adventures in Socialism offered a few more interesting observations.

– Niki Ashton released her arts and . . . → 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

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

A few days worth of news from the NDP’s leadership campaign…

– Niki Ashton appealed to NDP members to consider the need to build among younger voters.

– Co-campaign manager Jamey Heath took to the opinion pages in defence of Nathan Cullen’s joint nomination proposal. But I seem to recall much of the same argument . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

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