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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

Canadian Progressive World: As Candidate Quits NDP Leadership Race, Canadian Bilingualism Triumphs

Robert Chisholm dropped out the race to replace the late Jack Layton as the Federal leader of the New Democrats for a noble reason. The Nova Scotia NDP MP doesn’t speak French. The leader of …Read More

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 – Robert Chisholm Ends His Campaign

As might have been clear from my most recent candidate rankings, Robert Chisholm’s odds of winning the NDP leadership have seemed limited for some time. But Chisholm’s announcement that he’s ending his campaign will nonetheless have a couple of important consequences for the remaining candidates.

Most obviously, Chisholm’s exit leaves an opening for the remaining . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 – Robert Chisholm Ends His Campaign

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – December 18, 2011

We now have at least a bit of pollster data to compare to Skinny Dipper’s online poll on the relative positions of the NDP’s leadership candidates. But Forum Research’s results look to largely match the previous candidate positioning – which combines with relatively little news from the candidates’ travels to make for another very quiet . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – December 18, 2011

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 – Policy Roundup 2

Following up on my earlier post, let’s take a quick look at the policy proposals that have been unveiled by NDP leadership candidates over the last couple of weeks.

– Niki Ashton’s plan for a more inclusive economy includes plenty of noteworthy ideas, including a direct attack on structural discrimination and engaging labour and other . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 – Policy Roundup 2

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – December 10, 2011

While there was plenty to talk about following the NDP’s first leadership debate, the effect of such an early event on the candidates’ long-term prospects was bound to be limited. And so the most-discussed event of the campaign so far hasn’t led to much change from last week’s rankings.

1. Thomas Mulcair (1)

Of course, . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – December 10, 2011

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 – Debate 1 Wrapup

Plenty of others have already commented on the NDP’s first leadership debate. But I haven’t yet seen any that line up with my take on yesterday’s chance for candidates to introduce themselves to the country.

To start with, the perceived top-tier candidates generally lived up to their billing. Thomas Mulcair effectively managed both the subject . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 – Debate 1 Wrapup

Progressive Proselytizing: Ottawa NDP Leadership Debate Thoughts

The debate was good. Exciting even. After several months of being forced to sate my political appetite on the Republican leadership contest, the NDP leadership debate in Ottawa provided a refreshing Canadian contrast. Overall there was far more homogeneity between positions than there was difference.

The tone of the debate was very friendly and . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Ottawa NDP Leadership Debate Thoughts

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

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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

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – December 4, 2011

Not a lot has changed since last week’s rankings. But with the first NDP leadership debate looming this afternoon, let’s quickly take stock of where the candidates stand – including with a quick take on what they’ll each need to accomplish this afternoon.

1. Thomas Mulcair (1)

There isn’t much doubt about Mulcair’s command of . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – December 4, 2011

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – November 26, 2011

Last weekend, I mentioned my intention to introduce NDP leadership rankings. Before getting to the rankings themselves, though, let’s make clear exactly what the below is intended to reflect.

First, unlike Ian Capstick’s survey, I’m not making any effort yet to determine who figures to do the best on becoming leader, only to sort out . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Candidate Rankings – November 26, 2011

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: ndp leadership candidates attending edmonton kitchen table talks.

Three federal NDP leadership candidates: Nathan Cullen, Paul Dewar, and Brian Topp

Home of Alberta’s only NDP Member of Parliament, Linda Duncan, the Edmonton-Strathcona NDP Association is hosting a series of “Kitchen Table Talks” with NDP leadership candidates (named in honour of Jack Layton and his penchant for addressing the kinds of problems . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: ndp leadership candidates attending edmonton kitchen table talks.

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

Accidental Deliberations: By way of comparison

Tim Naumetz points out what strikes me as a surprising trend of potential NDP leadership candidates expressing concern about the cost of participating in the race:“Money is a big deal,” Nova Scotia NDP MP Robert Chisholm (Dartmouth-Cole Harbor, N.S… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: By way of comparison

Accidental Deliberations: Taking shape

With the NDP’s leadership rules now set, let’s take a look at how the race is shaping up. As best I can tell, the Mark’s list of candidates looks to reflect the group most likely to enter the race, featuring Brian Topp, Thomas Mulcair, Niki Ashton, Pet… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Taking shape

Accidental Deliberations: The debate begins

Earlier this week, Gary Mason asked whether there would be any serious debate over the CETA. In case there were any doubt, Robert Chisholm provides the answer:These deals can create jobs or ship them overseas. They can foster growth that supports our s… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: The debate begins