Accidental Deliberations: On relentless positivity

Following up on my candidate profiles for the Saskatchewan NDP’s leadership campaign, I’ll point out one obvious change in dynamics since 2013 – starting with this observation from the previous campaign (emphasis added): As long as there were four leadership candidates in the race, there were several ways to try to draw dividing lines among ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2018 Candidate Profile: Trent Wotherspoon

As with Ryan Meili, I’ll start my look at Trent Wotherspoon’s new run for the Saskatchewan NDP leadership by pointing back to his previous candidate profile and campaign review. And despite all that’s changed in the meantime, this campaign starts with an even stronger sense of deja vu for Wotherspoon’s candidacy than for Meili’s. Wotherspoon’s ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2018 Candidate Profile: Ryan Meili

As I’ve noted before, Saskatchewan’s NDP leadership campaign will involve some very familiar candidates. And so my starting point in analyzing the race will be to review the previous leadership campaign run by both Ryan Meili and Trent Wotherspoon – with a particular focus on anything that’s changed since 2013. With that in mind, here ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how simultaneous leadership campaigns in both of Saskatchewan’s main parties seem unlikely to spark much new interest or discussion due to the familiar players and strategies involved. For further reading…– CBC has reported on each of the candidate announcements: Ryan Meili and Trent Wotherspoon in the NDP campaign, and Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Jeremy Harrison, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Roderick Benns interviews Ryan Meili about the value of a basic income in freeing people from perpetual financial stress. And Doug Cameron reminds us that we have a choice whether to show empathy toward people facing homelessness – even if far too many forces try to push us ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Ryan Meili writes about the fundamental importance of trust in both politics and medicine – and the corrosive effects of corporate donations in both: When we talk about the problems with political donations, we’re not really talking about campaign financing. We’re talking about something much more fundamental. We’re ...

Accidental Deliberations: On interim measures

I haven’t yet posted on Trent Wotherspoon’s announcement that he’s stepping down as the Saskatchewan NDP’s interim leader to consider joining the permanent leadership race. But I’ll take a moment to note why I hope he’ll decide not to follow through on the possibility. At the outset, it’s true that while some parties have set ...

Canadian Political Viewpoints: The Latest on Leadership

SOURCE: CBC News: Trent Wotherspoon Resigning as NDP Interim Leader, Considering Run for Permanent Party Leadership Given that we took a moment to discuss Ryan Meili’s entry into the Saskatchewan NDP Leadership Race, it seems only right that we take a moment to consider Trent Wotherspoon’s precursor to potentially entering the race himself. I’ll admit, ...

Canadian Political Viewpoints: On Leadership and Definitions

SOURCE: CBC News: Ryan Meili Seeks NDP Leadership for 3rd Time By this point in time, most of you have likely heard the new that Ryan Meili has announced his intention to seek the leadership of the Saskatchewan NDP for the third time. Meili, who has had two strong second place finishes in prior leadership ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – The Star’s editorial board writes that it’s long past time for governments to stand up for people facing precarious work: (P)recarious workers, many of them millennials, have been largely left behind by legislators who say the shift is inevitable and there’s nothing much that can or ought to ...

Accidental Deliberations: On litmus tests

Gregory Beatty raises some noteworthy possibilities as to how Ryan Meili’s entry into the Saskatoon-Meewasin by-election may reverberate in Saskatchewan’s broader political scene. But there are a few more potential effects worth pointing out. For some time, there’s been a generally-unexplained combination of dismissiveness and negativity toward Meili in some corners of the media, typically ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading. – Branko Milanovic highlights the futility of pretending that market mechanisms will produce anything other than profit-oriented outcomes – and the observation represents an obvious reason not to put public services in corporate hands. And David Sloan Wilson (in introducing an interview with Sigrun Aasland) points out how Norway’s ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Owen Jones offers his take on how the UK’s Labour Party should proceed following Jeremy Corbyn’s most recent leadership victory – and while the exact circumstances may not apply to the NDP’s upcoming leadership campaigns, his ideas as to how to combine the interests of base supporters and ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Ryan Meili writes that the spread of for-profit corporate medicine – including through the Saskatchewan Party’s privatization of care – demonstrates the need for enforcement of the Canada Health Act. And the Star makes the case for mandatory disclosure of drug companies’ payments to doctors to promote their ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Duncan Cameron discusses how deficit hysteria has overshadowed the far more important issues raised by the Trudeau Libs’ inaugural budget: Ottawa deficit spending is not big enough to stimulate an economy lagging since the oil price collapse. The Canadian economy has suffered a major external shock, with Alberta ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – The Star-Phoenix calls for Saskatchewan’s election campaign to focus on the future rather than the past. And Paul Orlowski reminds us of the continued callous corporatism that’s in store if Brad Wall holds on to power. – Meanwhile, Bruce Johnstone points out that the Saskatchewan Party’s spin on ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Ian Welsh discusses the attitude of meanness underlying so much of the U.S.’ political and cultural scene. – Ryan Meili and Adrienne Silnicki write about the dangers of relying on paid plasma donations. And Alexa Huffman and Whitney Stinson report that the Sask Party’s obsession with cutting public ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Simon Kennedy highlights another key finding in Oxfam’s latest study on wealth, as the global 1% now owns as much as the other 99% combined. And Dennis Howlett reviews Gabriel Zucman’s Hidden Wealth of Nations, while noting that like the works it seeks to update it may ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Lana Payne reminds us that wealth will never be fairly distributed without public action to ensure it doesn’t get concentrated with the lucky few: More and more of the income pie is going to the top one per cent — who are soaking up a bigger and ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – John O’Farrell argues that a basic income provides a needed starting point for innovation and entrepreneurship by people who don’t enjoy the advantage of inherited wealth: But in fact it is the current situation that prevents initiative and holds back entrepreneurs. Anyone who ever invented or created anything ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Luke Savage warns that the Libs’ election win may ring hollow for Canadian progressives: Throughout its democratic history, Canadian politics have basically oscillated between two parties that do not seriously threaten the status quo or the injustices it perpetuates. Occasionally goaded by organized populist movements, they have both ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading. – Mariana Mazzucato argues that in deciding how to vote, we need to challenge the Cons’ assumptions as to what the federal government can do to encourage development: Markets are themselves are outcomes of different types of public and private sector investments in new areas. Countries like Italy that ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on Donna Harpauer and the Saskatchewan Party are dismissing their own advisory group’s recommendation to work to cut Saskatchewan poverty in half by the end of the decade. For further reading…– The StarPhoenix echoes Donna Harpauer’s defeatism.– Danielle Martin and Ryan Meili make the case for a basic income, which appears as one of ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – John Thornhill talks to Mariana Mazzucato about the importance of public investment in fostering economic growth – along with the need for the public to benefit as a result: As Mazzucato explains it, the traditional way of framing the debate about wealth creation is to picture the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Jerry Dias discusses how the Cons have pushed Canada into an avoidable recession by slashing useful funding in order to send out pre-election baubles: How far has Canada’s economic star fallen? Only recently Prime Minister Stephen Harper boasted that Canada’s economy was “the envy of the entire world.” ...