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 ...

Alberta Politics: Inclusion of 1905 act in Constitution means Brad Wall’s ‘Notwithstanding Clause’ gambit is no slam-dunk

PHOTOS: Premier Brad Wall of Saskatchewan (Photo: CBC). Below: Edmonton lawyer Simon Renouf. If Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall thinks he can just snap his fingers and the Notwithstanding Clause of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms will make his Catholic school troubles go away, he may need to think again. In a comment about ...

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 ...

Alberta Politics: Database shows how schools, cities, charities, plus media and Alberta firms bankroll Brad Wall’s Saskatchewan Party

PHOTOS: Premier Brad Wall, whose Saskatchewan Party has been receiving donations from such taxpayer-supported institutions as municipalities, a health region, public libraries, school boards, universities, colleges, a Crown corporation and registered charities. Below: Progress Alberta Executive Director Duncan Kinney; blogger and non-New Democrat Dave Cournoyer; and former Wildrose Party leader Danielle Smith. Maybe Brad Wall ...

Accidental Deliberations: On available alternatives

Shorter Murray Mandryk: A poll which shows the NDP picking up support from dissatisfied Saskatchewan Party voters proves my point that the NDP can’t possibly pick up support from dissatisfied Saskatchewan Party voters.

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: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – GOOD Magazine neatly sums up what the world would look like on the scale of 100 people – and how patently unfair wealth inequality looks in that context: – Lawrence Mishel and David Cooper point out that a $15 minimum wage is entirely in keeping with actual economic ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here (via PressReader), on some of the important ways in which the Saskatchewan Party and Brad Wall have changed since they took power – and why voters should be concerned about the change for the worse. For further reading…– Brad Wall’s previous position on health care queue-jumping is found here (via PressReader), and expanded on ...

Accidental Deliberations: Radio activity

For those not yet aware, I’ll be appearing on Canadian Glen’s The View Up Here tonight (7 PM Saskatchewan time) to talk about Saskatchewan’s ongoing provincial election. Stop by and have a listen!

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: New column day

Here, on what the Trudeau Libs’ first budget tells us about the difficulty turning around a government – and how Saskatchewan voters should take the lesson to heart in deciding whether to settle for four more years of an anti-government governing party. For further reading…– I linked to plenty of reviews of the Libs’ budget ...

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: Apparently they’ll let anybody blather away on the intertoobz

Here, for instance, is me chatting with Paul Dechene. (And to correct myself, the impending provincial election is the second under fixed election dates – though the first where it’s lining up with an associated federal election.)

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 ...

OPSEU Diablogue: Thinking upstream — new institute invites us to think differently about health and politics

Dr. Ryan Meili has received considerable attention for his short 2012 book A Healthy Society: How a Focus on Health can Revive Canadian Democracy. Little did we know that the book would become a manifesto for a new institute dedicated … Continue reading →

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how P3 structures create a divergence of interest between short-sighted governments and the general public – and a few policy fixes to ensure we don’t lose value or accountability as a result of politically-motivated choices to use them. For further reading…– The Saskatchewan NDP introduced its P3 accountability legislation (PDF) here.– And Murray ...

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 ...

Accidental Deliberations: On adaptation

Murray Mandryk’s Wednesday column serves as a downright painful example of Monday morning quarterbacking – cherry-picking examples from seven decades of Saskatchewan governments to criticize “rash decisions” without recognizing the difference between reasonable experimentation and blatant cronyism. And under Mandryk’s implicit standard for public-sector risk aversion (that if something could possibly prove to be anything ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Brendan Haley explains why the Cons’ let-them-build-pipelines economic approach is doomed to fail from the standpoint of prosperity as well as that of sustainability: There is a certain spirit of defensiveness and vulnerability behind the Conservatives’ economic choices. Ideologically incapable of admitting that the private sector can run into ...

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.

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 ...