Accidental Deliberations: Movements and moments

Let’s continue this line of thought about the federal NDP’s most recent election campaign with my slight twist on one of the more familiar questions which has faced the party (in various forms) over a period of decades. I’ll start by drawing a distinction between two related goals which are bound to figure in a ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your weekend. – Lana Payne criticizes two forms of cash hoarding: both the assets sitting idle in corporate coffers, and the money that’s been funneled offshore by wealthy individuals: By the end of each episode (of “Hoarders”)…the audience finds out if the featured hoarders have been able to get their behaviour ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your day. – For those wondering what might become of Nathan Cullen’s leadership campaign plan to work with progressives of all party stripes, we now have part of the answer: in advance of the Calgary Centre by-election, Cullen will be reaching out to discuss how to challenge the Cons. – Jim ...

Accidental Deliberations: Presented for discussion

And we’re off, with the first major internal point of discussion in the NDP’s leadership race. As a matter of strategy, it’s fairly easy to Nathan Cullen’s announcement as a logical move – both to build his own name recognition at a point when most commentary is setting a Topp vs. Mulcair narrative (with Paul ...

Accidental Deliberations: Unite the Left Behind the NDP

No longer just a post tag, now a reality.

Accidental Deliberations: Refreshing

No, there’s nothing particularly surprising in the NDP strategy reported by Laura Payton. But isn’t a pleasant change that the official opposition actually has such a thing?

Accidental Deliberations: On clear preferences

At least a few pundits have theorized that the NDP might get pushed into a merger due to the desire of Quebec voters to see greater cooperation among parties opposing the Cons, as evidenced by their support for past coalitions and other short-term cooperative efforts (which looks to have worked in the NDP’s favour). But ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Chantal Hebert highlights how the Harper Cons are making a show of ignoring the needs of Quebec – and indeed making matters worse by the day: Persichilli’s recruitment also compounds what amounts to the party’s greatest election failure in the shape of its abysmal absence in Quebec. ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Canada’s Prime Minister is openly advocating for the use of soldiers over mere books or arguments as a means of persuasion. Which of course means it’s time to start making jokes about Thomas Mulcair. – Speaking of whom, Mulcair’s much-discussed comments also include one point which should speak ...

Accidental Deliberations: On maturing processes

Let’s take a look at a couple of final issues from #vancon2011, starting with the series of machinations around resolutions ruling out merger or non-compete agreements with the Liberals. As I noted at the time, the convention planners gave a prominent place to a resolution ruling out a merger with the Liberals while giving a ...