Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, expanding on these posts as to the show of strength from both Ryan Meili and Trent Wotherspoon in the NDP’s leadership campaign as compared to any of the Saskatchewan Party’s candidates – and how that enthusiasm gap may be important in contrasting Meili against Scott Moe in the years to come. For further reading, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2018 Reference Page

A one-stop source for general links on the 2018 Saskatchewan NDP leadership campaign, to be updated as the race progresses. Please feel free to add additional suggestions in comments. (And note that new posts will appear below this one.) General InformationSaskatchewan NDP Constitution (PDF)Leadership Rules (PDF) Leadership 2018 Candidate Information Candidate Website Twitter Profile Platform ...

Accidental Deliberations: On first choices

First-choice support for Ryan Meili in the NDP’s leadership campaign: 5,973 First-choice support for Scott Moe in the Saskatchewan Party’s leadership campaign: 4,483 Moe just barely edged past Meili’s first-ballot vote total on the Saskatchewan Party’s fourth ballot – when second- (or more likely third-)choice support shifted to him from voters trying to cut their ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2018 – Convention Liveblog

For those following along, I’ll be discussing the leadership showcases and voting results here. For now, stay tuned. Before the showcases begin, I’ll note that there doesn’t seem to be a huge advantage for either candidate within the room – though the noisemakers being used by Trent Wotherspoon’s supporters make for a louder show. Wotherspoon ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2018 Links

The latest from the Saskatchewan NDP’s leadership campaign as the voting window closes and the results are about to be unveiled. (Note that members voting online are able to cast a ballot until 3:00 PM.) – Not surprisingly, the impending vote has led to plenty more media coverage, including a lengthy list of candidate profiles. ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2018: The Non-Prediction

In previous NDP leadership campaigns at both the provincial and federal levels, I’ve compiled regular rankings and/or predictions among the candidates. Needless to say, I haven’t done that for the ongoing Saskatchewan NDP leadership campaign – in part because a two-candidate race has left no need to consider down-ballot implications, but also in part due ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2018 Links

The latest from the Saskatchewan NDP’s leadership campaign in advance of next weekend’s convention. – Murray Mandryk’s questions for the candidates led to substantial agreement on most of the areas covered. But one offers a potentially striking difference in their respective economic plans – with Trent Wotherspoon’s tendency toward stark yes/no answers suggesting surprising acceptance ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2018: The Endorsement

The ongoing Saskatchewan NDP leadership campaign isn’t the first time I’ve chosen between the two candidates. And it likely won’t come as much surprise that there’s little change in either my overall assessment of both candidates as eminently qualified and suited for a leadership role, or my ultimate choice between them. But it’s worth noting ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on Ryan Meili’s evidence-based policy – and particularly his thoughtful recognition of the issues where it’s better to seek out more expert advice than make promises in its absence. For further reading…– Again, Meili’s platform is here, and the sections on revenue and Crown corporations referred to in the column are here and here ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2018 Links

The latest from Saskatchewan’s NDP leadership campaign as voting day approaches. – There will be no lack of opportunities to compare the candidates within a debate format, including the NDP’s Prince Albert debate… …as well as SaskForward’s recent Regina forum which was covered by CTV among others. And another party debate will be held in ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2018 Links

The latest from the Saskatchewan NDP’s leadership campaign as the Saskatchewan Party’s election of Scott Moe brings the province’s political playing field into greater focus (while also offering a reminder of the fallibility of leadership campaign polling). – Trent Wotherspoon has unveiled his post-secondary education education policy (accompanied by endorsements from several young New Democrats). ...

Accidental Deliberations: On consistent patterns

It’s certainly worth being cautious about leadership campaign polling which is met with a challenge almost as soon as it’s first released. But the NDP side of Mainstreet’s new poll may nonetheless be worth noting, particularly as it fits in with other indications as to the state of the race. In particular, the “Meili has ...

Accidental Deliberations: On permanent repercussions

When Trent Wotherspoon first announced that he was considering pursuing the Saskatchewan NDP’s permanent leadership, I pointed out some of my concerns about how his previous tenure as interim leader – when he was elected after offering his assurance that he wouldn’t seek the permanent position – might result in question marks over the leadership ...

Accidental Deliberations: On last chances

I’ll offer one last reminder that tomorrow at 5 PM is the membership deadline for the Saskatchewan NDP’s leadership race. Sure, the Saskatchewan Party will soon be deciding on a new hood ornament for their continuing trip to nowhere. But only the NDP’s leadership campaign offers the prospect of a much-needed change in direction – ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2018 Links

The latest from the Saskatchewan NDP’s leadership campaign as the January 19 membership deadline approaches. – CBC and Colton Praill each reported on this weekend’s debate in Moose Jaw, with both reports focusing on a combination of general similarities with slight nuances. – Devin Wilger reported on Trent Wotherspoon’s visit to Yorkton, while the Parkland ...

Accidental Deliberations: On entrenchment

Following up on my earlier post and column, let’s start taking a look at some of the more distinctive policy proposals on offer between Saskatchewan’s NDP leadership candidates. Probably the most noteworthy single promise so far is this from Trent Wotherspoon as part of his platform on Crown corporations: Lock down our Crown Corporations and ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2018 Links

The latest from the Saskatchewan NDP leadership campaign. – Devin Tasa reported on the Nipawin debate, while the Estevan Mercury covered Ryan Meili’s visit. Adam Hunter reported on Trent Wotherspoon’s mistaken province-wide television ad. And Alex MacPherson and D.C. Fraser’s notebook continues to offer some coverage, including the latest on the candidates’ fund-raising totals. – ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on some of the economic ideas on offer from Ryan Meili and Trent Wotherspoon in Saskatchewan’s NDP leadership campaign. For further reading…– I’ve talked about some of the points of commonality between the candidates’ platforms here.– And the column responds in part to Murray Mandryk’s view that there’s some lack of talk about economic ...

Accidental Deliberations: On points of agreement

With both Ryan Meili and Trent Wotherspoon having run leadership campaigns before, both could be expected to have plenty to offer by way of policy. And that’s proven true – though not necessarily in a way that will give NDP members a lot of distinctions to help in sorting out their choice. To date, both ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2018 Links

The latest from the Saskatchewan NDP’s leadership campaign. – Greg Nikkel reported on the Weyburn debate, but didn’t note much by way of contrast in so doing. – And local media also covered Ryan Meili’s visits to Prince Albert and North Battleford, and Trent Wotherspoon’s to Weyburn and the Battlefords. – Alex MacPherson and D.C. ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2018 Links

The latest from the Saskatchewan NDP’s leadership campaign – though it’s noteworthy at the outset how little of the activity in the race is taking place in the public eye. (One key exception there is the policy front, where both candidates have been very active – and which I’ll address in future posts.) – I ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, summarizing a few of my earlier blog posts on the state of the Saskatchewan NDP’s leadership campaign – and the choice between two positive and appealing leaders that played out in the first debate. For further reading…– Jason Hammond offered his take on the debate and the provincial convention. – And Murray Mandryk commented ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2018 – #skndp17 Debate Liveblog

With the first candidates’ debate taking place at the Saskatchewan NDP’s provincial convention, I’ll take the opportunity to do a bit of liveblogging. Again, you can find my reference page for the leadership campaign here. – Highly entertaining opening bit with multiple-choice questions. Not sure if the candidates knew it was coming, but both showed ...

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 ...