(Pictured: a photo I took of Tom Mulcair in Saskatoon for the News-Optimist when the provincial NDP were choosing a leader in 2013.)
I bring you News from Nowhere today on what has been a tumultuous weekend for the federal New Democrats in Canada.
They held their national convention in Edmonton and earlier today delegates voted 52 to 48 percent for a leadership convention. That means Tom Mulcair is going to be done as leader, though he says he will stay on until his replacement is chosen (the convention could be held anytime in the next two years).
This is nothing short of a stunning result and a total repudiation of Mulcair’s leadership. But it is also not surprising given how badly the NDP did in last fall’s election. Honestly, Mulcair should have stepped down long before this convention, then he could have had a graceful exit and spared himself this humiliation. But no, he decided to stay on. Well, he won’t be able to now.
In another stunner, the convention also endorsed a motion to study their controversial hard-left LEAP Manifesto at the riding level, which is pretty much seen as a victory for the LEAP Manifesto supporters. That manifesto endorses moving away from fossil fuels, among other things, which is something nobody in the oil or energy industry in the West is going to endorse. Few people in Saskatchewan or Alberta are going to like this. Good luck on keeping seats in either province, now, NDP.
In other news, the vote to adjourn the convention carried unanimously, which is not surprising because the delegates likely could not wait to get out of there. It’s hard to imagine any of them coming out of Edmonton enthusiastic or excited about the party or its prospects. What an implosion that was, folks, that was on display there.
May I add that this has been a rough time for the NDP lately. They just got blown out again in Saskatchewan’s election and they look like they will be violently hurled from power in Manitoba, by Brian Pallister and the Tories, next week. All in all, it is no fun to be an NDP supporter today. The NDP comes out of Edmonton looking ready for a long dry spell in the political wilderness in Canada, and the big winners from this weekend? The federal Liberals. Obviously.
So that’s that for federal political news. On to other news, now:
The big news story of the week was about the leak of the Panama Papers which exposed all the people stuffing their money in offshore trusts to avoid paying taxes! That has caused a big brouhaha and the political fallout has been immense.
Just this week the prime minister of Iceland stepped aside over funds he had stashed in these offshore trusts. As well, it was revealed UK Prime Minister David Cameron had holdings in his father’s offshore fund as well, and the calls were on for him to resign, too. He won’t, but it has been a bad week for him regardless, politically. I would say he is far from out of the woods.
In other news Belgium authorities say they have IDed the “man in the hat” spotted with suicide bombers at the Brussels airport.
In other Europe news, the EU may soon require visas for Canadians and Americans, which is just going to be more needless bureaucracy the world doesn’t need.
I notice Bruce Springsteen cancelled a concert in North Carolina over their controversial LGBT laws.
Also, I find this funny but Bill O’Reilly recently had a vacation in Cuba. He went on the “Factor” to talk about it and he made it sound like it was a lousy trip, the service at his “five star” hotel was substandard and he didn’t get fresh towels. My guess is O’Reilly won’t be going back to Cuba again on vacation any time soon.
I think that’s it — now, time to watch Masters golf coverage.
“NDP Alberta.” I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
I never thought the day would come when the socialists would be in charge of Alberta. But I also never thought the day would come when the most conservative, entrepreneurial, free-enterprise province in all of Canada would be Saskatchewan.
It’s as if our two provinces have totally flip-flopped — we’ve turned into them, and Alberta has turned into us. The old us.
All I have to say is, boy, will radio host John Gormley have a lot to say when he gets back from his Mediterranean vacation.
And for all you folks who left for Alberta in order to escape the NDP, who will soon be packing up to escape them again, I just have two words to say:
I will make this edition of News from Nowhere brief as I want to watch the rest of the NASCAR from Las Vegas before I go to cover more hockey.
I’m not tuning in Telemiracle 39, unlike everyone else in Saskatchewan, although I guess the news there is this telethon is the final one for Bob McGrath.
Also, the Manitoba NDP leadership race/caucus revolt proved to be an epic waste of time and money for everyone involved, because Premier Greg Selinger was re-elected.
I guess the big news from the rest of the world was Harrison Ford surviving that plane crash on Thursday, happening just before the weekend anniversary of the Malaysian Airline MH370 flight going missing.
That’s it, now time for some auto racing. Boogity boogity boogity!
We’re still waiting for results of the first ballot in the NDP leadership convention in Manitoba between incumbent Premier Greg Selinger, Steve Ashton and Theresa Oswald.
There is live coverage and you can catch that on the CBC. This shouldn’t be too long a day.
Just a reminder, mainly to myself, the provincial NDP convention is now under way in Manitoba. The actual leadership vote isn’t until tomorrow, but all the activities are under way and a livestream is now up. Based on what I’ve seen, if you intend to watch today’s proceedings be ready to be bored.
Unfortunately, I’m linking to it way too late. It’s ancient history now after he went and said some things this past week in D.C. Anyway, it’s here.
Just wanted to point you in the direction of my NDP leadership convention story, as well as to a feature I did on two prominent delegates from the Northwest region who were at the convention. Also posted are my photos from voting day at the convention. I also have more stories on the way.
The picture here is the one I snapped at the NDP all-candidates forum in January. Enjoy.
I really enjoyed being able to cover the exciting Sask. NDP convention. I’m now off to catch the red-eye to Rome for the papal conclave in Vatican City tomorrow.
Ha ha ha. Just kidding, folks.
I thought that would make for a better title that “Voting Day” because, as I said, a lot of the advance voting is done already.
I expect to be at TCU Place to cover the convention later this morning and plan to let you know what went down later today after the voting is all over. Of course, most of my coverage will run in the Regional Optimist next week, so you’ll have to wait until then.
For those of you political junkies needing your live coverage fix, you can head to the NDP website which has a live video stream of the covention.
As for other media coverage, I know that 650 CKOM has usually covered these conventions live from the floor in the past. I don’t know if they will be doing the same thing this year, but just in case they do I’ll give you the link to them. Also, you can try the CBC and CTV, and the Star-Phoenix which has their live blog going as well.
See you later.