Monday, January 08, 2018

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 Review noted his time in Nipawin.

- Meanwhile, Brian Zinchuk interviewed Ryan Meili in some depth about about his plans for energy and the resource sector, while Meili also launched an updated version of his book A Healthy Society. (For those interested, I've discussed the first version in previous blog posts.)

- Finally, Jason Hammond offers his take on how the Saskatchewan Party's leadership process might influence NDP voters - and theorizes that the styles and backgrounds of the two candidates could have substantially different effects depending on the Sask Party's choice of leaders.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the link.

    Would be curious to hear your take if I'm way off-base on how I see the match-ups or what you think the most advantageous pairings for the NDP would be?

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  2. It's definitely an interesting question, if one that I'd answer cautiously based on my relatively limited attention to the Sask Party's campaign.

    That said, I might draw a couple of different conclusions as compared to yours. In particular, Cheveldayoff's largest area of strength seems to be his grassroots organization, and I see Ryan as better positioned to match or exceed that from the NDP's side. On the other hand, Koch looks to continue Wall's top-down, controlled-access model, and Trent's caucus buy-in and media-friendly presentation might help in answering that. (And since a Wyant win would seem to signal a substantial amount of SP participation from voters we need to win, it might call for a higher-variance strategy to shake up voter intentions leading up to the election - whichever candidate one sees as offering that.)

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