Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Conservative leadership debate in Edmonton the latest to showcase political manoeuvring

The Conservative leadership debates have not featured any of the mythical knockout punches that are supposed to win elections, but the subtle (and not so subtle) manoeuvring that will help decide the outcome has been on full display — most recently during Tuesday night's event in Edmonton.

And that includes Kevin O'Leary's decision to skip it.

Since the first official debate in Saskatoon on Nov. 9, the candidates have been up against each other 11 times. The party will hold one more official debate, and more local events are likely to be organized.

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  1. I watched some of that debate and nobody could make any decent points simply because they had so little time.

    1. Agreed. I have a feeling after this leadership election the Party may modify the rules at the very least I would expect the deposit(s) to be raised significantly.

      It is a difficult problem. The Tories need someone like Deepak Ohbrai to be able to run for leader even if he doesn't win. He boosts morale and shows inclusivity.

      However, there are too many candidates with inadequate caucus support to become leader. Perhaps a caucus quota of support is needed to be on the ballot 5 M.P.s and Senators would be my cut-off. It is a low enough bar that a serious candidate (even an outsider) should be able to reach yet, it would reduce the field to a more manageable number.

      A parliamentarian quota of course is no guarantee that a qualified or competent leader will emerge. The Labour Party requires support from 15% of the parliamentary Labour Party (35 M.P.s!) and they still ended up with Jeremy Corbyn even after a swathe of Labour grandees appealed to the membership that a Corbyn leadership would be unelectable as Government.

    2. And of course the fact there are 14 candidates but only 10 places on the ballot says ???

    3. We need a leadership play-off elimination round. 3-4 candidates have a debate and then directly after there is a vote for the top 3.

      Fourth choices are eliminated, first choices get a bye to the general, second and third choices go through the process again. After 7 debates you'd have a group of 7 candidates for up to 16 people, or 15 after 15 for up to 32 people, which getting somewhat over long.

      However, the key is that the best of the middle is give time and space to prove their worth to the party.

    4. Peter,

      My guess would be the ten places are due to the counting system or perhaps they don't want to print double sided ballots.

    5. If you have 14 candidates and you are ranking you must have 14 places !!

    6. One can have 14 candidates but only ten votes.


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