Accidental Deliberations: On performance reviews

Following up on this post, I’ll weigh in with my own take on the federal NDP’s leadership review – based primarily on the question of what Tom Mulcair seems to have taken away from the 2015 federal election, and how it will position the party in the years to come. As alluded to in some ...

Cowichan Conversations: Rick Mercer On Thomas Mulcair And The NDP Convention

Accidental Deliberations: On evaluations

I’ve written previously about my view as to how NDP members should approach the review of Thomas Mulcair’s leadership at the upcoming federal convention. And in the face of a blizzard of commentary which does little but to echo knee-jerk election post-mortems, I’ll offer a couple of questions for discussion (before providing my own answers ...

Blunt Objects Blog: End of the Line for Mulcair?

The Denial of Niki Today has been an absolute horror show for NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair. Not only did a group of Quebec activists and former MPs come out asking for “renewal” in specific terms, but current MP and past leadership contender Niki Ashton refused to back her leader when asked to by the media. ...

Blunt Objects Blog: End of the Line for Mulcair?

The Denial of Niki Today has been an absolute horror show for NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair. Not only did a group of Quebec activists and former MPs come out asking for “renewal” in specific terms, but current MP and past leadership contender Niki Ashton refused to back her leader when asked to by the media. ...

Blunt Objects Blog: End of the Line for Mulcair?

The Denial of Niki Today has been an absolute horror show for NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair. Not only did a group of Quebec activists and former MPs come out asking for “renewal” in specific terms, but current MP and past leadership contender Niki Ashton refused to back her leader when asked to by the media. ...

Michal Rozworski: Fiscal policy for the left, or Corbyn vs Mulcair on deficits

The question of deficits dominated a lot of the economic debate in Canada during the 2015 federal election and even today. Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party introduced a new fiscal policy last week that, on surface, appears to mirror the NDP’s anti-deficit stance from the 2015 campaign. Looking closer, however, Labour’s policy diverges quite substantially and ...

Accidental Deliberations: On threshold questions

Althia Raj is predictably dispensing Lib talking points about the potential outcomes of the NDP’s leadership review. So to set the record straight, let’s examine what the numbers actually mean. There’s exactly one threshold which produces a binding outcome: 3(a).vAt every convention that is not a leadership convention; a secret ballot vote will be held ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Claire Provost writes that corporate trade agreements are designed to make it more difficult to pursue fair tax systems: Governments must be able to change their tax systems to ensure multinationals pay their fair share and to ensure that critical public services are well funded. States must also ...

Alberta Politics: Grits in Ottawa and Dippers in Edmonton: far from the worst combination for keeping Alberta’s economy in motion

PHOTOS: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley take questions from the media in this screen shot of the government’s video. Bloggers were not invited, but I’m blaming the feds and promising not to go all Rebel Media on anyone. Below: Federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and same forgotten MP from Calgary ...

Cowichan Conversations: TPP should not be ratified unless the interests of Canada are fully and fairly represented, in open, transparent deals.

During the past federal election Thomas Mulcair promised to oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Unfortunately, under the influence of and Hill and Knowlton advisors he also advanced another promise and that was to assure Read more…

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, with my take on the factors NDP members should take into account in evaluating Tom Mulcair’s leadership. For further reading…– I’ve written numerous previous posts on the future of Mulcair and the NDP which expand on the points made in the column.– Michael den Tandt offers his view of Mulcair. Chantal Hebert and Tim ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – David Sirota and Andrew Perez expose Steve Schwarzman’s galling complaints that his perceived lessers dare to complain about declining security and stagnating incomes. And Aditya Chakrabortty discusses how the wealthiest few people have manipulated our political and economic systems into their own playthings: (D)ecades of burgeoning inequality ...

Accidental Deliberations: On timing

Following up on the subject of the federal NDP’s leadership, I’ll note that the Edmonton convention won’t figure to be the only one before the next federal election – and that there might be a case to hold off for now. The NDP’s constitution provides for conventions not less than every other calendar year, meaning ...

Accidental Deliberations: On organization

Given some of the odd twists and turns in Paul Wells’ latest piece on Tom Mulcair’s future, I’m hesitant to give too much credence to his unnamed sources. But to the extent it’s accurate, Wells’ take on the lack of much organization on any side of a leadership vote seems fairly important: Back to my ...

Accidental Deliberations: On relativity

Since we’re seeing another wave of hysteria about Tom Mulcair’s support in the general public as the NDP’s convention approaches, let’s check in with the main poll being cited for the thesis that there’s some imminent issue with his popular support. And in particular, let’s take a look at the question which considers leaders in ...

Accidental Deliberations: On rebuilding steps

I’ve posted before about the NDP’s strong progressive stance since the October election – which looks to be a positive move in terms of principles and politics alike.  But there’s also a great deal of work to be done on the party side. And I’ll suggest a couple of points which strike me as important ...

Accidental Deliberations: On earned media

Ideally, a new Parliament should have the opportunity to talk about issues of far more direct significance and practical value than keeping even offensive speech such as Donald Trump’s out of Canada. And so it’s a bit disappointing to see Tom Mulcair pushing that issue. That said, it’s not hard to understand the reasoning behind ...

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: On balancing acts

For those wondering, I’m indeed following up on these posts and working my way through some of the factors in the NDP’s federal election result. (For more on the subject, see the latest from Lawrence Martin, and Desmond Cole talking to Cheri DiNovo.) I’ll turn now to what’s often been labeled the most important turning ...

Accidental Deliberations: On open questions

I’ve previously criticized the attempts of outside commentators to push Thomas Mulcair out the door as NDP leader. By the same token, though, I’ll note that it’s equally inappropriate to try to immediately declare that there won’t be any review of Mulcair’s leadership before the next federal election – which seems to be the spin ...

Accidental Deliberations: On definitions

The post-mortems on the NDP’s federal election campaign continue to roll in. And it’s particularly a plus to see that there will be a systematic effort within the party itself to review the choices which led to the election results – both for better and for worse. In the meantime, I’ll continue pointing out my ...

Cowichan Conversations: NDP Lost The Election When They Stopped Being The Social Conscience Of Canada

Don Maroc Coming out of the starting gate with what they thought was a good lead Jeremy Corbyn. They were bounced from a strong position as the Queen’s Loyal Opposition, with 103 seats, to Read more…

Accidental Deliberations: On missed opportunities

As mentioned here, I’ll be adding over the next little while to an already-substantial set of views on the NDP’s choices which led to last week’s federal election results. But I’ll start by expanding on a point which I made briefly earlier in the campaign (at a time when it was far from clear how ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Thomas Mulcair is Only a Symptom of a Much Bigger Problem for the NDP

“The party got off to a bad start with its election promise to balance the budget without raising taxes. That promise, difficult to honour during a period of general economic turmoil, would seriously limit its policy options.” That quote, though fitting, was not about the last federal election, but was written about the Nova Scotia ...