Accidental Deliberations: New column day

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 leadership races shouldn’t put on hold any answer to the broader ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

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 dealt with the background to the federal party’s decision on Mulcair in a previous series of posts ...

Accidental Deliberations: #SKVotes – Election Day Reading

For those still examining their options in Saskatchewan’s provincial election (or just wanting to remember the campaign that’s been), here’s a quick look at what I and others have had to say. – You’ll find my columns since the campaign began in earnest (all touching on the election at least in part) here, here, here, ...

Accidental Deliberations: On open debates

As promised here, I’ll take a closer look at Saskatchewan’s leaders’ debate and what it may mean for the rest of the campaign. Most criticism of the debate that I’ve seen so far has focused on two factors. First, there’s the combination of format and moderation: in particular, “open” debate period regularly led to little ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saskatchewan 2016 – NDP Platform Review

I mentioned here that any attempt to review the Saskatchewan Party’s platform ran into the problem that there simply wasn’t anything worth analyzing, as two pages of conditional promises were buried under thirty of spin. In contrast, the NDP’s platform (PDF) includes plenty of meaningful ideas. And while the NDP’s primary focus may not be ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the contrast between a Saskatchewan Party platform (and government) dedicated to handing money to the people who need it least, and an NDP which plans to help where it’s most needed with what limited resources are left since Brad Wall wasted a boom. For further reading…– CBC reported here on the stark difference ...

Accidental Deliberations: On controversial responses

A propos of nothing in particular, let’s go over this a couple more times: Colby Cosh’s latest on the role of the “human search engine” in tracking down information about candidates and elected officials is worth a read. But it’s worth keeping in mind that the search results only matter to the extent they’re put ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Brad Wall’s casino sell-off gambit might provoke a needed discussion of Saskatchewan’s relationship with First Nations – even while highlighting that Wall himself isn’t up for the public consultation needed to make that process work. For further reading…– The original casino story was broken by the NDP caucus here, and subsequently reported ...

Canadian Political Viewpoints: Accentuate the Positive

I’ve been giving a lot of thought on what to talk next about on the blog, and with news of the Saskatchewan Party’s newest round of attack ads, I thought that would be a good place to start. But first, we need to have a small detour before we discuss attack ads themselves. Recently, Brian ...

Canadian Political Viewpoints: Accentuate the Positive

I’ve been giving a lot of thought on what to talk next about on the blog, and with news of the Saskatchewan Party’s newest round of attack ads, I thought that would be a good place to start. But first, we need to have a small detour before we discuss attack ads themselves. Recently, Brian ...

Canadian Political Viewpoints: Accentuate the Positive

I’ve been giving a lot of thought on what to talk next about on the blog, and with news of the Saskatchewan Party’s newest round of attack ads, I thought that would be a good place to start. But first, we need to have a small detour before we discuss attack ads themselves. Recently, Brian ...

Canadian Political Viewpoints: An Abstract Posting

On a random side note, I’ve decided to close down the Canadian Political Philosophy blog; I’ve had enough delays in dealing with this blog, and the other one was a bit too time consuming to keep going. Perhaps I’ll change my mind, but if not, the issues talked about there will find their forum here ...

Canadian Political Viewpoints: An Abstract Posting

On a random side note, I’ve decided to close down the Canadian Political Philosophy blog; I’ve had enough delays in dealing with this blog, and the other one was a bit too time consuming to keep going. Perhaps I’ll change my mind, but if not, the issues talked about there will find their forum here ...

Canadian Political Viewpoints: The "Rebel" Alliance

Perhaps I’m a bit late to the party, but this is an issue that I wanted to spend a bit of time talking about since it was mentioned. In the past few weeks, an issue that wasn’t on anyone’s radar made its way to the forefront of everyone’s minds when Cam Broten rose in the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Lana Payne offers an introduction to austerity for Newfoundland and Labrador residents who are just learning about it on a provincial level: In Canada, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has also taken a rather deep liking to austerity. It is a ready-made excuse to gut government and change the ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: J’accuse! Thomas Mulcair’s treason and the Keystone XL Pipeline.

TweetThe rhetoric is running high this week with President Barack Obama expected to soon decide the fate of the controversial TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline. In Washington D.C. last week, federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair criticized the pipeline that would ship bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands to refineries in Texas. Mr. Mulcair also took the opportunity to criticize ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Brad Wall’s first set of utterly implausible attacks on Cam Broten seems to reflect a failure to learn from the mistakes of the Saskatchewan Party’s Republican cousins. For further reading (and a quick response to the spin), Broten’s policy development proposal is here.

Canadian Political Viewpoints: Coming Down the Pipeline

*This post has been amended from it’s original content, due to SK NDP Leader Cam Broten coming out in favour of Keystone; the ** denotes the area where the editing begins.Source: Star Phoenix: Broten Clarifies Stance on Pipeline Source: Huffington Post: Brad Wall Accuses Thomas Mulcair Of ‘Betraying’ Keystone, Oilsands Now, getting back into the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Tim Harper reminds us why Brad Wall is thoroughly off base in claiming that it’s the duty of every Canadian politician to demonstrate constant fealty to his resource-sector puppet-masters: The Conservatives, of course, would like the entire country to come together behind their view of resource extraction, but ...

Accidental Deliberations: #skndpldr – Super Happy Mega Fun Pundit Navel-Gazing Post

I’ll have plenty more to add in later posts about the opportunities the Saskatchewan NDP holds under Cam Broten’s leadership. But before this weekend’s convention is too far in the rear-view mirror, I’ll take a few minutes to assess my own analysis of the leadership campaign. And I’d like to think I had my share ...

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 ...

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 fellow ...

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 still ...

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 – ...

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, ...