PHOTOS: Then prime minister Stephen Harper with his strategic brain trust, back when they still seemed like the masters of Canada’s political universe and would seem so for a few more weeks. (Source unknown.) Below: Screen shots of Mr. Harper’s Aug… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: One year ago, Stephen Harper, master of all he surveyed, called an election – what could possibly go wrong?
By Éric Grenier, for CBC News The Manitoba Progressive Conservatives under Brian Pallister won a majority government in a historic fashion Tuesday night, putting up some of the biggest numbers by any party in Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Manitoba PC’s Thump the NDP – Whither Today’s NDP!
Last week, I wrote that the NDP should be careful about assuming that changes in leadership would necessarily help in a needed process of party renewal.Obviously, both elected to seek out new leadership. And so in this week’s column, I point out that l… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day
PHOTOS: Rachel Notley pushes back against the Leap Manifesto Monday in this screen grab from a CBC broadcast. Below: Outgoing federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, Vancouver environmentalist Tzeporah Berman, ProgressAlberta.ca blog author Duncan Kinney, a… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: The federal NDP’s ‘Leap’ of faith advocates and Alberta’s right-wing opposition: strange bedfellows?
In the past couple of days I’ve read a few tweets and quotes in articles from people suggesting that it would be inappropriate for Thomas Mulcair to remain as interim leader of the NDP after his failure in the leadership review vote at the NDP co… . . . → Read More: Maple-Flavoured Politics: Thomas Mulcair: Should he be interim NDP leader?
PHOTOS: NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair accepts his defeat at his party’s national convention in Edmonton yesterday. Below: Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman, Alberta Federation of Labour President Gil McGowan, former Ontario NDP leader Stephen Lewis and Albert… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: The mystery of NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair’s long fall: Why didn’t he see it coming?
PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is not tall, but she casts a long shadow on both sides of the political aisle. She is seen here addressing the national NDP convention in Edmonton yesterday in a tough, memorable speech. Below: Federal NDP Leader T… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: On stage in Edmonton: The tough Rachel Notley who frightens conservatives, and may scare certain New Democrats too
Sadly, there are far too many half-baked outside arguments being made about the federal NDP’s leadership review and how it connects to provincial-level choices. (To be clear, I contrast those against some genuine concerns being raised by members.) But … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Spun out
PHOTOS: Thomas Mulcair in Edmonton … shortly before the disappointing federal election on Oct. 19, 2015. Below: Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff, former NDP MP and leadership candidate Peggy Nash, and influential Alberta union leader… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Pipeline perceptions, percentages and past Parliamentary performance dog NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair in Alberta’s capital
Here (via PressReader), on the leadership choices facing the federal and provincial NDP – and why neither should be too quick to assume that changing leaders will necessarily help to rebuild after election disappointments.For further reading…- I’ve d… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day
Following up on this post, I’ll weigh in with my own take on the federal NDP’s leadership review – based primarily on the question of what Tom Mulcair seems to have taken away from the 2015 federal election, and how it will position the party in the ye… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On performance reviews
I’ve written previously about my view as to how NDP members should approach the review of Thomas Mulcair’s leadership at the upcoming federal convention. And in the face of a blizzard of commentary which does little but to echo knee-jerk election post-… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On evaluations
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?
Althia Raj is predictably dispensing Lib talking points about the potential outcomes of the NDP’s leadership review. So to set the record straight, let’s examine what the numbers actually mean.There’s exactly one threshold which produces a binding outc… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On threshold questions
Miscellaneous material to start your week.- Claire Provost writes that corporate trade agreements are designed to make it more difficult to pursue fair tax systems:Governments must be able to change their tax systems to ensure multinationals pay their… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links
PHOTOS: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley take questions from the media in this screen shot of the government’s video. Bloggers were not invited, but I’m blaming the feds and promising not to go all Rebel Medi… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Grits in Ottawa and Dippers in Edmonton: far from the worst combination for keeping Alberta’s economy in motion
During the past federal election Thomas Mulcair promised to oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Unfortunately, under the influence of and Hill and Knowlton advisors he also advanced another promise and that was to assure Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: TPP should not be ratified unless the interests of Canada are fully and fairly represented, in open, transparent deals.
Here, with my take on the factors NDP members should take into account in evaluating Tom Mulcair’s leadership.For further reading…- I’ve written numerous previous posts on the future of Mulcair and the NDP which expand on the points made in the colum… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day
This and that for your Thursday reading.- David Sirota and Andrew Perez expose Steve Schwarzman’s galling complaints that his perceived lessers dare to complain about declining security and stagnating incomes. And Aditya Chakrabortty discusses how the … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links
Following up on the subject of the federal NDP’s leadership, I’ll note that the Edmonton convention won’t figure to be the only one before the next federal election – and that there might be a case to hold off for now.The NDP’s constitution provides fo… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On timing
Given some of the odd twists and turns in Paul Wells’ latest piece on Tom Mulcair’s future, I’m hesitant to give too much credence to his unnamed sources. But to the extent it’s accurate, Wells’ take on the lack of much organization on any side of a le… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On organization
Since we’re seeing another wave of hysteria about Tom Mulcair’s support in the general public as the NDP’s convention approaches, let’s check in with the main poll being cited for the thesis that there’s some imminent issue with his popular support. An… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On relativity
I’ve posted before about the NDP’s strong progressive stance since the October election – which looks to be a positive move in terms of principles and politics alike. But there’s also a great deal of work to be done on the party side. And I’ll su… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On rebuilding steps