Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Leadership 2012 Roundup

As we enter the last few weeks of the NDP's leadership race, we're of course seeing loads of attention. But what from the flurry of activity might actually affect the results of the leadership race as well as the party's future development?

- Niki Ashton took questions at Rabble, including this on how to fight back against the Cons:
I have dealt with the Conservative attack machine directly. In 2006 I was targeted because i was nominated and campaigned in support of same-sex marriage. In the 2011 election I was targeted by Conservative robocalls because I support trans-gendered rights. I have found the best way to fight the Conservative attack machine is to expose it and fight back on the issue itself.
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Canadians know that all of us rely on advisors. Stephen Harper relies on spin doctors and corporate lobbyists. For myself, I will make it clear that I intend to make decisions based on solid evidence about what works and what doesn't. And I will put forward a vision of a new kind of leadership-one where leaders have the confidence to allow others to show leadership, too.
- Nathan Cullen has been all over the media this week, including interviews with the Huffington Post and The Current. And the latter appearance (at roughly 6:00) offered a particularly noteworthy development as Cullen proclaimed himself "not wedded to the details" of his specific joint nomination proposal as compared to a general desire to cooperate with progressives across party lines.

- Paul Dewar summarized his campaign by the numbers.

- Peggy Nash was profiled by John Geddes, with a focus on her tenacious work on labour and social justice issues. And Nash also unveiled an open letter of support from young NDP members.

- Chrystal offered up some musings from a well-informed party newcomer. John Ibbitson theorized that Cullen might wind up playing kingmaker for Thomas Mulcair. Duncan Cameron made the case for Nash, while Ottawa Life threw its support behind Dewar. And Tobi Cohen summarized the latest financial reports which showed a couple of noteworthy developments: Mulcair has pulled into the lead with a relatively small advantage over Topp, Dewar, Nash and Cullen, while Martin Singh's number of individual donations alone (upwards of 7,000) would make for a respectable first-ballot showing if it translates into votes.

7 comments:

  1. It didn't sound to me so much like Cullen was backing down from his plan so much as admitting that this is one idea for pre-electoral cooperation and he's open to others. I think he's been somewhat consistent along this line, with the key contentious point being whether any pre-electoral strategy is necessary - something still unique to his campaign. It's still not clear to me what he'll do if he wins on a late ballot (if that's possible for him).

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  2. Dan Tan3:56 p.m.

    Greg & all,

    That is not a "new development" on Nathan Cullen's part. I've heard him use "not wedded" & variations of that phrase since the start of his campaign. Just last week he was on TV with Evan Solomon, & I'm pretty sure he used that exact phrase.

    Also last week, I left a comment for Greg talking mentioning the "wiggle room" that had always existed in Cullen's proposal...and his likely (strong NDP) motivations for acting as he has:
    http://accidentaldeliberations.blogspot.com/2012/02/leadership-2012-candidate-analysis_9849.html#jsid-1330614327-739

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  3. Dan Tan4:04 p.m.

    Greg & all,

    Greg's summary fails to highlight this tidbit from Ibbitson's piece on INDIVIDUAL donors:
    "Mr. Cullen has attracted contributions from more donors (1,123) than any candidate except Mr. Mulcair (1,347)."

    Thomas Walkom concurs:
    "Cullen has surged ahead to secure the No. 2 spot — in number of donors at least.
    Elections Canada says that up until Feb. 25, 1,123 individuals, including 199 anonymous small donors, contributed to his campaign."
    My offer of a friendly wager still stands ;) :
    http://accidentaldeliberations.blogspot.com/2012/03/leadership-2012-candidate-rankings.html#jsid-1330910690-874

    And yes, I recognize how far out on a limb I am. I encourage others to join me!

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  4. Dan Tan4:08 p.m.

    <span>Greg & all,  
     
    That is not a "new development" on Nathan Cullen's part. I've heard him use "not wedded" & variations of that phrase since the start of his campaign. Just last week he was on TV with Evan Solomon, & I'm pretty sure he used that exact phrase.  
     
    Also last week, I left a comment for Greg mentioning the "wiggle room" that had always existed in Cullen's proposal...and his likely (strong NDP) motivations its existence:  
    http://accidentaldeliberations.blogspot.com/2012/02/leadership-2012-candidate-analysis_9849.html#jsid-</span>

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  5. Dan Tan4:10 p.m.

    <span><span>Greg & all,    
       
    That is not a "new development" on Nathan Cullen's part. I've heard him use "not wedded" & variations of that phrase since the start of his campaign. Just last week he was on TV with Evan Solomon, & I'm pretty sure he used that exact phrase.    
       
    Also last week, I left a comment for Greg mentioning the "wiggle room" that had always existed in Cullen's proposal...and the likely (strong NDP) motivations its existence:    
    http://accidentaldeliberations.blogspot.com/2012/02/leadership-2012-candidate-analysis_9849.html#jsid-</span></span>

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  6. Dan Tan4:11 p.m.

    <span>Greg & all,  
     
    Greg's summary fails to highlight this tidbit from Ibbitson's piece on INDIVIDUAL donors:  
    "Mr. Cullen has attracted contributions from more donors (1,123) than any candidate except Mr. Mulcair (1,347)."  
     
    Thomas Walkom concurs:  
    "Cullen has surged ahead to secure the No. 2 spot — in number of donors at least.  
    Elections Canada says that up until Feb. 25, 1,123 individuals, including 199 anonymous small donors, contributed to his campaign."  </span>
    <span>
    My offer of a friendly wager still stands <img></img> :  
    http://accidentaldeliberations.blogspot.com/2012/03/leadership-2012-candidate-rankings.html#jsid-1330910690-874  
     
    And yes, I recognize how far out on a limb I am. I encourage others to join me!</span>

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  7. Dan Tan4:11 p.m.

    <span><span>Greg & all,   
      
    Greg's summary fails to highlight this tidbit from Ibbitson's piece on INDIVIDUAL donors:   
    "Mr. Cullen has attracted contributions from more donors (1,123) than any candidate except Mr. Mulcair (1,347)."   
      
    Thomas Walkom concurs:   
    "Cullen has surged ahead to secure the No. 2 spot — in number of donors at least.   
    Elections Canada says that up until Feb. 25, 1,123 individuals, including 199 anonymous small donors, contributed to his campaign."  </span> 
    <span> 
    My offer of a friendly wager still stands:   
    http://accidentaldeliberations.blogspot.com/2012/03/leadership-2012-candidate-rankings.html#jsid-1330910690-874   
      
    And yes, I recognize how far out on a limb I am. I encourage others to join me!</span></span>

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