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Cowichan Conversations: The Best Thing That Could Happen in the Ontario Election is Nothing

Kevin Logan-Cowichan Conversations Contributor

So they have finally done it.

The Backroom Brain Trust (or is that Brian Trust?) which have concocted endless, hair-brained strategies and tactics under the banner of the “Orange Wave” must think they are real clever eh?

After losing Government in Nova Scotia, ditching Government in BC and leaving broken leaders in their wake its not enough for them that their strategy has only served to usher in Conservatives from coast to coast, while at the same time sending the Federal NDP back to traditional third place standing.

Kool, Topp & Guy

Nope, such a (Read more…)

Polygonic: A vote for reality – a congratulations to the NDP

Quel jour! Quel nuit! And, for most New Democrats, thank god it didn’t take two jours and two nuits to finally sort the question out.

Indeed, poor me – UK clocks leaped ahead one hour into summer time yesterday, leaving me drowsy-eyed in front of the CBC live feed at 2 a.m., still waiting for final results, and already slipping into semi dreamstate. For a moment, I thought I saw Puff the Magic Dragon giving his acceptance speech.

Puff, it wasn’t, and that is for the best. The NDP have done exactly what I hoped they would –

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The Scott Ross: A Tale of Two NDPs

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way

There are two NDPs and there is no starker contrast between the two than the

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The Scott Ross: A Layton-22

Jack Layton never based his decisions on what one person would do, to ask New Democrats to do that is doing anything but honouring the man or the party.

Finishing a speech at the NDP Leadership Convention Olivia Chow told the crowd of orange, “Ask yourself, what would Jack do.” The thing is of course, asking that question is anything but what Jack Layton would do.

At a convention centre plastered with the phrase, “I Am The Jack Layton Legacy” the contradiction could not be clearer; a Catch-22 of Canadian political proportions.

“Bon Jack” as Quebeckers referred to the

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CuriosityCat: The Most Logical Structure for NDP-LPC Cooperation

Those who favour a merger of the NDP and Liberal Party should not hold their breath. These two parties have values systems that are significantly different at the moment, and each brings to the table baggage which would make a hippopotamus choke. Harper united the right wing parties (with a whiff of skullduggery in the process), and ended up gaming the archaic first-past-the-post system of federal elections, just as Chretien’s Liberals had managed to do before him. Harper won a minority government and soon edged this up to a majority government, all with just over one-third of the votes cast. . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: The Most Logical Structure for NDP-LPC Cooperation

Politics, Re-Spun: Liveblogging Today’s NDP Leaders Debate

Today’s NDP leadership debate lands in Quebec. I’m using 14 criteria to evaluate who I’ll be voting for. Let me know if you have suggestions for improved criteria.

2012.02.12 NDP Leaders Debate

February 2, 2012 — NDP Leaders, By the Numbers and the Intangibles (0) August 27, 2011 — Liveblog of Jack Layton’s Funeral (0) October 1, 2011 — Qualities of the Next NDP Leader (6) September 1, 2011 — 17 Federal NDP Leadership Possibilities (2)

Politics, Re-Spun: NDP Leaders, By the Numbers and the Intangibles

There are some interesting dynamics going on with the NDP leadership race that we can track with numbers, see way below.

And while numbers tell some stories, they don’t necessarily track intangible criteria of leadership qualities like these, which I would perhaps suggest in this order:

intelligence progressive vision: social, political, economic, ecological justice policy breadth bilingual integrity inspiring, engaging inclusive of all of our cultures self-confidence ability to grow the party speaking ability/clarity ability to debate charm, charisma, ability to lead so people want to follow ability to credibly counter Stephen Harper ability to deliver one-liners and media sound . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: NDP Leaders, By the Numbers and the Intangibles

Far and Wide: Topp Heavy

This NDP leadership race is quite fascinating, and I’d submit not well thought out to date. The rush to Brian Topp is very much coronation in tone and purpose, he does seem the “pre-ordained choice of the establishment”. The Topp campaign are orchest… . . . → Read More: Far and Wide: Topp Heavy

CuriosityCat: Rex Murphy: NDP leadership election rules are "suicide"

The latest voice to chime in on the questionable leadership rules for the NDP is that gravelly-voiced prophet of doom, Rex Murphy.Known for his incisive and opinionated views on Canadian politics and politicians, Murphy has made a career of being strai… . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Rex Murphy: NDP leadership election rules are "suicide"

CuriosityCat: Is this NDP leader Nycole Turmel’s "Kissinger Moment"?

Nixon and Kissinger: Benign NeglectHenry Kissinger firmly believed that his understanding of Realpolitik reflected the realism of a handful of famous statesmen of bygone decades.Bismarkian in his aloofness, Metternichean in his pronouncements, Kissinge… . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Is this NDP leader Nycole Turmel’s "Kissinger Moment"?

CuriosityCat: Should Trade Unions get 25% of the votes for the new NDP leader? A solution

This issue is boiling up right now, and on Friday the party brass will decide whether to continue the favoured position of trade unions by reserving one quarter of the votes for them. This amounts to a kind of “affirmative action” whereby some Dippers … . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Should Trade Unions get 25% of the votes for the new NDP leader? A solution