Friday, April 8, 2016

The Tribulations of Thomas Mulcair: The NDP at Convention

The NDP has called its family summit together in Edmonton for its April convention, offering up fairly aggressive three day Agenda that will provide for much in the way of speeches, policy sessions and the underlying drama of how a vote on the status of their leader, Thomas Mulcair will play out.

Those that have been following our Ottawa observations have had a bit of a preview to the week, with items related to the weekend starting to climb into the entries through the last four days.

There are a number of themes that will be prominent through the weekend, with energy policy perhaps one of the most controversial of elements to be considered. A topic that should be one that is followed with a fair bit of interest considering the host city is one of the key elements of Alberta's energy sector.

A review of what went wrong in October of 2015, when the NDP dropped from official opposition to third party status in the House of Commons and for many a month where the dream of forming a government was quickly dashed.

From that review as well will come some discussion on the leadership of the party, with the topic
already making much for the way of headlines in the lead up to the Edmonton gathering.

NDP leader Thomas Mulcair will make his address to the convention on Sunday morning, shortly following that, the membership will hold their vote declaring where they can be found on the issue of Mr. Mulcair's leadership.

The announcement from that vote is expected at Noon Edmonton time on Sunday.

With the first day almost complete, we'll be updating the Convention notes below, check back regularly to see what has popped up and may be providing for discussion.

CPAC the Parliamentary Access Channel has been the Go To Destination for political policy fans, covering all aspects of Day One with plans to carry through with much the same through Saturday and on to the Sunday morning voting and results announcements.

You can find the CPAC home and Live Feed from Edmonton page here.

To review the Agenda for Edmonton 2016 see the NDP Convention home page here.

The Archive of Notes can be found below:

April 10 -- NDP in need of new direction as party moves to replace Tom Mulcair
April 10 -- Tom Mulcair caught in crossfire between activists and Albertans
April 10 -- After Mulcair's defeat, here are five potential NDP leadership candidates
April 10 -- Tom Mulcair's bumpy ride as leader of the NDP
April 10 -- Rejecting Mulcair, MP delegates vote in favour of new leadership race
April 10 -- NDP aftermath: An early look at potential candidates to replace Tom Mulcair
April 10 -- In masterful oration, Stephen Lewis reminds NDP convention what left-wing means
April 10 -- Mulcair's biggest weakness also his greatest strength: bring NDP to the centre
April 10 -- Thomas Mulcair loses bid to to hold on to NDP leadership
April 10 -- Writing was on the wall for Mulcair
April 10 -- NDP rejects Mulcair as leader, votes in support of holding leadership race
April 10 -- NDP wants transformation - without Mulcair
April 10 -- NDP brutally ends Mulcair's leadership
April 10 -- Mulcair's out of gas
April 10 -- With its Jack Layton-esque centrism in tatters, radical Leap Manifesto will doom the NDP
April 10 -- Wave them goodbye Rachel - Why Notley should ditch the federal NDP as soon as possible
April 10 -- ‘It’s time to start thinking more charitably,’ Notley says in speech aimed at anti-oil NDP delegates
April 10 -- From socialists to good-old-boys: A taxonomy of the NDP’s Edmonton factions
April 10 -- Mulcair loses NDP leadership vote as his party makes a Leap to the left
April 10 -- Eight possible candidates for the NDP leadership, from an ex-deputy leader to a documentary filmmaker
April 10 -- New Democrats Say Goodbye to Mulcair, Vote for Leadership change
April 10 -- Notley's case for pipelines shows an NDP divided
April 10 -- NDP icon Stephen Lewis skewers Justin Trudeau and the Liberals for six policy shortcomings
April 10 -- Why NDP Leader Tom Mulcair failed to win a mandate at his party's convention
April 10 -- Tom Mulcair will step down as NDP leader after his replacement is chosen
April 10 -- NDP MPs react to vote ousting Tom Mulcair as party leader
April 10 -- Tom Mulcair stepping down as NDP votes for leadership review
April 10 -- Tom Mulcair addresses NDP convention ahead of leadership vote
April 10 -- Is Tom Mulcair the NDP's answer for 2019?
April 10 -- From socialists to good-old-boys: A taxonomy of the NDP’s Edmonton factions

April 9 -- Mulcair pitches himself as 'fighter' in advance of vote
April 9 -- Notley calls on NDP to support new pipelines, takes aim at Leap Manifesto
April 9 -- Mulcair may not have union members' support in NDP leadership vote
April 9 -- It's Notley, not Mulcair, who owns this NDP convention
April 9 -- Alberta NDP at odds with Tom Mulcair over the future of resource development
April 9 -- Mulcair's out of gas
April 9 -- In defeat, New Democrats try to see past the doubts
April 9 -- Rachel Notley stands firm for pipelines at national NDP conference
April 9 -- Tom Mulcair's convention speech will put his NDP leadership on the line
April 9 -- Dumping on Alberta in its own backyard
April 9 -- It’s time to start thinking more charitably,’ Notley says in speech aimed at anti-oil NDP delegates
April 9 -- Notley's Case for Pipelines Shows an NDP Divided
April 9 -- NDP icon Stephen Lewis skewers Justin Trudeau and the Liberals for six policy shortcomings
April 9 -- Conservative killer Rachel Notley teaches federal NDP a thing or tow about winning
April 9 -- Notley attempts to plot new course for NDP at convention
April 9 -- What is the Leap Manifesto? Talk of the NDP convention explained
April 9 -- Notley takes aim at 'Leaf Manifesto' in address to NDP convention
April 9 -- Inside Thomas Mulcair's Battle To Stay On as NDP Leader

April 8 -- Can Tom Mulcair show NDP he's shed his hubris?
April 8 -- Mulcair goes into self-preservation mode, says he would advocate for Leap Manifesto
April 8 -- NDP to vote on Leap Manifesto ideas
April 8 -- Flailing Mulcair leads the NDP to the crossroads
April 8 -- NDP policy convention opens in Edmonton
April 8 -- Avi Lewis wants Liberal government to adopt parts of Leap Mainfesto
April 8 -- NDP delegates divided on Mulcair ahead of leadership review
April 8 -- Mulcair needs to convince NDP he can inspire a movement
April 8 -- This is Mulcair's moment of truth
April 8 -- Mulcair and the NDP head into couples therapy at convention
April 8 -- Who Stands Where on Mulcair's Leadership?
April 8 -- Strategic Voting Was the Right Call in 2015: Unifor Head
April 8 -- Some of the key NDP resolutions party members will debate at convention
April 8 -- NDP Leader Tom Mulcair to face critical test at party convention
April 8 -- Cullen heads to convention as leader Mulcair's fate to be determined

April 7 -- Tom Mulcair and NDP face moment of truth in existential battle over the party
April 7 -- Tom Mulcair and the NDP try ot figure out where to go next
April 7 -- Horwath supports Mulcair's bid to stay on as NDP leader
April 7 -- NDP convention promises same old, same old
April 7 -- NDP faces the Tom Mulcair quandary
April 7 -- NDP leadership crisis won't be solved in a weekend
April 7 -- NDP's problems run deeper than leadership
April 7 -- NDP youth wing will not urge members to replace Mulcair
April 7 -- Five things to watch at the NDP convention
April 7 -- Life or death, the Mulcairerendum needs a clear answer

April 6 -- NDP youth wing expected to seek new leadership
April 6 -- Tom Mulcair will 'do everything' to keep oil in the ground if party tells him to
April 6 -- Mulcair not worried about MPs rebelling against his leadership
April 6 -- Mulcair should survive, but not for long
April 6 -- Dear NDP: Look before you leap
April 6 -- To Leap or Not Leap that is the NDP's question
April 6 -- Mulcair responds to Labour Congress statement predicting NDP leader will get less than 60 per cent in review
April 6 -- Mulcair Didn't Fail NDP, Flaky Strategic Voters Did

April 5 -- Mulcair makes a pitch to labour ahead of NDP vote
April 5 -- Mulcair dismisses criticism from Canadian Labour Congress president

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