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Canadian Political Viewpoints: Saskatchewan Round-Up

Source: Star Phoenix: Contract Was to Produce Spin, NDP SaysSource: CBC News: Sask. Government Pays to Study Film Tax Credit After it was CutSource: Leader Post: Sask. Party Not Straight on IPAC-CO2

There’s a few things to talk about, so let’s move on and get to talking.

We’ll start with the recent development on the . . . → Read More: Canadian Political Viewpoints: Saskatchewan Round-Up

Canadian Political Viewpoints: Saskatchewan Budget Day

Well, it was Budget Day here in Saskatchewan and everyone is stopping to take a moment and examine the budget and the details that it contained. I’ve said before on the blog that financial policy isn’t one of my strong suits, so hopefully I’ve managed to examine this information correctly.

There were some silver . . . → Read More: Canadian Political Viewpoints: Saskatchewan Budget Day

Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr – The Dramatic Conclusion

After the first ballot results were announced yesterday, I pointed out the 20% net margin of support that Cam Broten needed to turn a close first-ballot result into a narrow win. And that turned out to be exactly what materialized: of the 2,393 votes cast initially for either Trent Wotherspoon or Erin Weir, the final . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr – The Dramatic Conclusion

Canadian Political Viewpoints: Convention Update: And The Leader Is…

By a very tight margin, of 44 votes, the new leader of the Saskatchewan NDP is Saskatoon-Massey Place MLA. Cam Broten.

Broten edged out first ballot leader, Ryan Meili, as mentioned by a mere 44 votes; which shows that the bulk of Trent’s supporters found their way into Cam’s camp. Cam’s speech thanked his . . . → Read More: Canadian Political Viewpoints: Convention Update: And The Leader Is…

Canadian Political Viewpoints: Convention Update: First Ballot Results

And now for something completely different, we go from talking about the campaign to talking about the convention.

As of 1:30pm, the first ballot results are in and are posted as follows:Results: 8,719 ballots castCam Broten: 2942Ryan Meili: 3384Trent Wotherspoon: 2120

The 279 vote discrepancy is dependent on either Erin Weir votes since he . . . → Read More: Canadian Political Viewpoints: Convention Update: First Ballot Results

Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr – First Ballot Analysis

The Saskatchewan NDP leadership’s first-ballot results and ensuing developments are in. And while the balloting may be somewhat shorter than it could have been due to Trent Wotherspoon’s withdrawal, there’s still plenty of intrigue surrounding the second and final ballot.

The safest assumption may be to assume that down-ballot voting will mirror first-ballot results – . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr – First Ballot Analysis

Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr – Convention Decision Points

With upwards of 70% of eligible voters having already cast a ballot (and plenty of question as to how many more will do so), it’s anybody’s guess as to whether new votes today will substantially influence the results of Saskatchewan’s NDP leadership race.

But for those still looking for a point of reference in deciding, . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr – Convention Decision Points

Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Roundup

With this weekend’s convention approaching, we’re starting to see plenty more media coverage of the Saskatchewan NDP leadership race. So for those who haven’t yet voted (or those looking for some new material generally), there’s discussion on offer through:– Metro’s brief profiles of each of Cam Broten, Ryan Meili and Trent Wotherspoon;– Murray Mandryk’s latest, . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Roundup

Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Candidate Rankings – March 5

So far, I’ve limited these rankings to the question of which candidate I see as most likely to emerge victorious at the Saskatchewan NDP’s leadership convention.

But since the rankings haven’t produced any substantial movement, I’ll include a bit more to this week’s prognostication, adding my best guess as to the candidates’ first-ballot support andestimated . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Candidate Rankings – March 5

Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Candidate Review – Trent Wotherspoon

Let’s close out my series of candidate reviews with a look at Trent Wotherspoon.

At the start of the campaign, Wotherspoon’s campaign looked to have plenty of room for variance in multiple directions.

On the upside, his flashy and well-attended launch and early spending spree raised the prospect that he might be able to . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Candidate Review – Trent Wotherspoon

Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Roundup

With the advance voting window closing on Tuesday and the Saskatchewan NDP’s convention set to take place next weekend, we’ve seen a flurry of leadership activity in the last few days – including both late appeals from the candidates themselves, and additional material for discussion.

On the candidate front, Trent Wotherspoon’s campaign released his closing . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Roundup

Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Roundup

For those of us curious as to why one of the most significant voices in Saskatchewan NDP’s leadership campaign has been fairly quiet lately, Scott Stelmaschuk offered his explanation this week – as well as an endorsement that everybody within the party should be able to support.

Meanwhile, there hasn’t been much other news to . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Roundup

Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Candidate Rankings – February 26

For obvious reasons, there’s at least one change to this week’s Saskatchewan NDP leadership candidate rankings. But will there be any more news other than Erin Weir’s withdrawal from the race at a time when most of the voting is expected to be taking place?

1. Ryan Meili (1)

Well, Meili for one should enjoy . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Candidate Rankings – February 26

Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr – Moose Jaw Debate Notes

Let’s close out my review at the Saskatchewan NDP’s leadership debates with a brief look at the Moose Jaw forum – which featured a fair bit of talk about specific local issues (including candidate and member questions about the closure of the Valley View Centre) in addition to a familiar set of general themes:

. . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr – Moose Jaw Debate Notes

Accidental Deliberations: On divisions

Dan Tan has already provided one follow-up post on the sudden rash of commentary arising out of Erin Weir’s decision to withdraw from the Saskatchewan NDP leadership race and endorse Ryan Meili. But I’ll take my own look at how the Weir endorsement and the associated reaction from the Village (or should we call it . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On divisions

Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Roundup

Alongside yesterday’s news of Erin Weir’s withdrawal to support Ryan Meili in the Saskatchewan NDP leadership race (also discussed by Scott and Brian) came a few other noteworthy developments – not the least of which was the reaction of the other two leadership candidates (discussed here by Jason).

Meanwhile, Meili released a seniors policy incorporating . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Roundup

Canadian Political Viewpoints: Campaign Update: Where With Weir?

Well, by now everyone should have heard that Erin Weir has withdrawn from the Sask. NDP Leadership race and thrown his behind Ryan Meili. As mentioned yesterday, it was one of the possibilities when it was announced that the two were making a joint announcement earlier today.

As with others, I’d like to extend my . . . → Read More: Canadian Political Viewpoints: Campaign Update: Where With Weir?

Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr – Prince Albert Debate Notes

One of the dangers of trying to catch up to past leadership events is the possibility that any analysis might be overtaken by more recent developments. But before we find out what’s involved in today’s joint announcement from Ryan Meili and Erin Weir, let’s take a look at one more of the leadership debates.

. . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr – Prince Albert Debate Notes

Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Candidate Rankings – February 19

While there’s been plenty of news in Saskatchewan’s NDP leadership campaign over the past week, there’s hasn’t been much evidence to suggest the campaign’s shape has changed to any great degree. So rather than explaining why this week’s rankings stay the same, I’ll include a comment on pluses for each candidate which haven’t received much . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Candidate Rankings – February 19

Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr – Yorkton Debate Notes

While I’ve tried to stay as current as possible in discussing the Saskatchewan NDP leadership debates, there have been some limitations in my ability to do so based on both the party’s capacity to upload past debates, and my own time in reviewing them. As a result, I’m still working on getting caught up on . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr – Yorkton Debate Notes

Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr – Saskatoon Debate II Notes

The final official debate of Saskatchewan’s NDP leadership campaign took place yesterday in Saskatoon – and since it was livestreamed, I’ll offer some commentary on it for now, then link to the video when it’s available.

In contrast to all of the debates since the Regina kick-off (the other debate which was live-streamed), yesterday’s . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr – Saskatoon Debate II Notes

Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Roundup

The second-last Saskatchewan NDP leadership debate took place in Moose Jaw this past week, with the most thorough coverage coming from the Times-Herald (and Justin Crann). As usual I’ll hold off on commenting until the video is available – though I have a couple of earlier debates to address over the long weekend, as well . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Roundup

Accidental Deliberations: On poll dances

Shortly after I posted yesterday’s roundup featuring some discussing of Praxis Analytics’ Saskatchewan NDP leadership polling, Jordon Cooper chimed in with the results of an internal poll distributed by Cam Broten – which has been treated as somewhere between worthless and gospel depending on the leadership camp commenting on it. So let’s take a quick . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On poll dances

Canadian Political Viewpoints: Editorial Content: Compare and Contrast

While Ryan has released his healthcare policy, and we will talk about that in another post, one of the more interesting things to come out the campaign recently has been two sets of poll numbers.

The first poll comes from the Star Phoenix, the full article can be found here: http://www.leaderpost.com/news/poll+Sask+leadership+race/7954869/story.html

The first, done . . . → Read More: Canadian Political Viewpoints: Editorial Content: Compare and Contrast

Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Roundup

In the most noteworthy leadership development of the past few days, Praxis Analytics has released the first set of public poll results since last fall – with a couple of interesting findings.

First, there’s the fact that nearly two-thirds of respondents (in a poll of the general public) couldn’t name any of the candidates. That . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr Roundup