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Cowichan Conversations: Paul Manly Now Seeking Green Party Nomination in Nanaimo-Ladysmith

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The Federal NDP has turned their backs on many NDP values and shifted to the centre under the leadership of Thomas Mulcair.

A disturbing number of NDP member activists have been blocked from even seeking nominations.

What has happened to today’s NDP federally and provincially was once unthinkable.

Is this . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Paul Manly Now Seeking Green Party Nomination in Nanaimo-Ladysmith

Cowichan Conversations: Tom Mulcair and His Centralized Control Leaves NDP Democracy Begging

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

NDP Federal nominee Ian Morrison sent out this email to many Cowichan-Malahat-Langford members as well as our MP Jean Crowder-National Vice Chair of the Federal Campaign.

Ian’s email followed yet another top down decision from Ottawa delaying the second scheduled nominating convention without explanation.

Clearly the centralists in Ottawa want . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Tom Mulcair and His Centralized Control Leaves NDP Democracy Begging

Cowichan Conversations: iPolitics–Is Mulcair Just Another Harper With a Beard?

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

In the quest for power Federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair has abandoned previously held NDP principles and beliefs and that is causing heartburn on the left, and centre-left.

The shift to the right that has taken place has left many NDP supporters wondering if the NDP is where they want . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: iPolitics–Is Mulcair Just Another Harper With a Beard?

Cowichan Conversations: NDP Continue Blocking Members Seeking Nominations

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Long time New Democrat Laurie Gourlay, MLA Doug Routley’s-Nanaimo-North Cowichan’s Constituency Assistant, was blocked from competing for the nomination in Nanaimo-Ladysmith. He was the second and one of 14 across Canada.

Here is his opinion piece that ruffled the somewhat jumpy and trigger happy NDP National Director and one presumes . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: NDP Continue Blocking Members Seeking Nominations

Cowichan Conversations: Thomas Mulcair-Anne McGrath Stop Interfering In Local NDP Nominations

Richard Hughes-It is time the NDP risked democracy

The Federal NDP often tries to favourably compare themselves as being more democratic and grass roots driven than the Liberals or Conservatives. It may well have been that way in the past but they certainly cannot claim that high ground today.

The Nanaimo Ladysmith Riding . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Thomas Mulcair-Anne McGrath Stop Interfering In Local NDP Nominations

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, contrasting the NDP’s hard-fought Regina nomination elections against the stories of Paul Manly, Chris Rendell, and the apparent trend of federal and provincial NDP candidates being disqualified from seeking nominations for entirely insufficient reasons.

For further reading…– The Leader-Post reported on the nomination victories by Erin Weir in Regina-Lewvan and Nial Kuyek in . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Cowichan Conversations: Mulcair Denies Paul Manly the Right To Seek Nomination In Nanaimo Ladysmith

Dear Friends and Supporters

I would like to thank you all for your support and encouragement for my bid for the nomination to be the NDP candidate for the new federal riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith. It is with regret that I write to tell you that the federal NDP has refused to allow me to . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Mulcair Denies Paul Manly the Right To Seek Nomination In Nanaimo Ladysmith

Cowichan Conversations: Message From Paul Manly with Video Message From Jim Manly & Eva Manly

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Jim Manly is a former MP for Nanaimo Cowichan and a retired United Church Minister. He has long stood for justice on many fronts where disadvantaged peoples needed help and voice.

He presently resides in an Israeli Jail, arrested as a protester participant on board the Humanitarian Aid Ship ‘Estelle’ . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Message From Paul Manly with Video Message From Jim Manly & Eva Manly