First NDP candidate to be nominated for the 2019 election is Andrew Cash. He was acclaimed the candidate for the riding of Davenport today as no one ran against him for the nomination
Jagmeet Singh was at his nomination meeting today.
It will be a contested Nomination in Winnipeg Centre it looks like:
Leah Gazan Seeking NDP Nomination in Winnipeg Centre
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — WINNIPEG, JANUARY 19, 2019. Leah Gazan is seeking the NDP nomination to run in Winnipeg Centre in this fall’s federal election. As an an educator, advisor, and media contributor, Gazan has been deeply engaged with issues and organizing in Winnipeg’s core for nearly three decades. In a riding bounded by the Assiniboine and Red rivers, and encompassing downtown to King Edward, Gazan’s breadth of knowledge and experience throughout Winnipeg Centre riding makes her a candidate residents can trust.
“Recently in the news I have heard about growing crime rates, a meth crisis, housing issues, and increasing poverty impacting the peoples of Winnipeg Centre. This is what happens when you neglect the basic human rights of peoples for far too long. It is time that Winnipeg Centre has a leader that will listen to the community with all its knowledge and wisdom, stop stalling and act immediately to ensure all residents can realize their rights to joy. I wish to be that leader.”
Leah Gazan has spent her life working for human rights on the local, national, and international stage. Her recent success includes organizing and traveling across the country to push Bill C-262, the Indigenous Human Rights Act. Passed by the House of Commons in 2018, the act is to ensure that the laws of Canada are consistent with the United Nations Declaration on Indigenous Peoples.
Her contributions in Winnipeg have both shaped our understanding of our collective struggles and strengths, and helped move us towards justice. As president of the Social Planning Council between 2011- 2015, Gazan organized and pushed policy in support of and end to poverty, addressing violence against women and girls, finding solutions for housing insecurity and homelessness, ensuring fair wages, community based actions addressing addictions, and proper supports for mental health. In this role and others, Gazan has worked across communities, in solidarity with labour, communities of colour, disability rights advocates, Indigenous communities, youth and 2SLGBTQ organizers. Serving on the Board of Governors of Red River College, Gazan focused her attention on prioritizing access to education and ensuring students had the proper supports they required to achieve success.
Gazan was a prominent Winnipeg lead during Idle No More, articulating the movement to the Winnipeg public. Her educational work has made special impact in the Winnipeg Mennonite community where she has worked to support dialogue emphasizing education, responsibility, and action towards reconciliation. Gazan also co-founded the #WeCare campaign aimed at building public will to end violence against Indigenous women and girls.
Gazan is a member of Wood Mountain Lakota Nation, located in Saskatchewan, Treaty 4 territory."
Debater wrote:So what is Falcon-Ouellette like as an MP?
As an MP, he is seen to be doing the right things. He has a very personable approach. The first big issue I had with him was deciding to take on a sitting NDP MP at a time when progressives were concerned about defeating Harper. He can run where he wants, but if defeating Harper is urgent, then why run in a riding where winning won't affect the Conservative seat count? Then he sent out a publication during the campaign claiming to ride a middle ground on the C-51 issue, even though several First Nations leaders have said that that law made criminals out of them. He also attacked the federal $15/hour wage proposal, which while it didn't directly help minimum wage earners, would have put pressure on provincial governments to follow suit. My big issue is that I consider him to be a motivational speaker. By that I mean that sure, he tells an inspiring story, but what is he actually doing?Debater wrote:And is Pat Martin done with politics, or is he going to try a comeback?
Let's hope he's done with politics.
I thought Pat Martin was refreshingly outspoken when he first came to Parliament. He was very frank and told it like it was. It made a change from the way most politicians speak.
However, over time Martin became too foul-mouthed and bad-tempered, and had trouble controlling himself. It's one of the things that may have hurt him in the 2015 Election.
As for this year, since Falcon-Ouellette won the riding by a 2-1 margin over Martin in 2015, I think he is the favourite for now. But the NDP has a shot based on previous history.
Cullen and Mulciar are feeding stories that he may not run again... I suspect he isn't going to. Otherwise, why make a comment about waiting until Singh's by-election is over because Cullen doesn't want to "distract" from it?
MP Cullen undecided about running again
The MP says he’s also holding off on announcing any decision until the Burnaby South by-election of Feb. 25 is over.
“I don’t want what I decide to be a distraction,” says Cullen of the by-election in which federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is running.
Singh’s candidacy comes amid speculation that the federal party is on the decline and that should Singh lose, he’ll resign, opening the door to a leadership race.
And that’s brought on further speculation that Cullen, now one of the senior members of the NDP caucus in Ottawa, will be a leadership candidate.
“Nope. I’ve been pretty clear,” says Cullen about any leadership thoughts. “That’s not where my head’s at.”
Mulcair says 'several' NDP MPs have told him they're not running in 2019
"I know that a lot of my Quebec colleagues have already announced that they're not running and several others have confided in me that they're not going to run," Mulcair said on CTV's Power Play.
... Mulcair made this comment responding to a question about the potential that another longtime NDP, MP Nathan Cullen, may not be running again. First reported in the Terrace Standard, a local publication in Cullen's riding, he has yet to make up his mind about running in 2019. He wouldn't say either way when asked by CTV News.
Mulcair said if Cullen elects not to run again it would be "an incredible loss for the team."
Christine Saulnier, The director of the Nova Scotia chapter of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is running for the Halifax nomination:
NDP facing an election without a quarter of its caucus as Rankin ponders retirement
New Democrat MP Murray Rankin said today he's still thinking about whether to run for his party in this year's federal election — despite having said he intended to make a decision about his future by early January.
"I'm one of those people in the yet-to-be-nominated, yet-to-confirm category," Rankin told CBC News.
"I'm thinking about it. It's four more years. I'm not a spring chicken anymore. I've got to figure out with my family whether … taking me into 2023 of my life is something I want. All those things have to be sorted out. I am definitely thinking about it right now."
Rankin said that he will make a decision within the next month, despite having told the Canadian Press last year that he would make the decision by early last month.
If he decides to join other NDP MPs and leave federal politics before the fall campaign, he'll leave behind a party facing down an election cycle without a quarter of its current caucus.
I will just put this out there -- maybe some renewal is not a bad thing. Yes, some of the losses of people will be great, yes the party may win a fewer seats, but new candidates will be found and some will win. It will be a difficult election for incumbants anyway.
I say this due to the serious issues facing the NDP in the last couple leadership races. In 1993 the NDP not only lost party status it began to lose a generation. The terrible drought for the NDP went from 1993 to 2007 with few new MPs coming in to be leadership candidates 10-15 years later. It is the new people who did not come into the party who were not there to replace Layton and Mulcair. What was left of the NDP was mostly people who retired after a couple elections. By 2011, the party did really, really well but it stumbled and in part failed becuase while it had new bright lights it could not keep them without mentors and leadership. It might be a tremendous gift to the NDP if it got say 12 new faces instead of keeping say 20 incumbants. Those new faces will be needed if/when the party grows in the next generation and loos for leadership.
A blip for the NDP almost saved it. In 1997 the party won seats in Atlantic Canada. While it was mostly incumbants elsewhere there were some new faces. Unfortunatley a number lost in the next election and the rest were gone by 2015. It is no accident that many considered that the best hope for the NDP in caucus in 2011-2015 was a Halifax MP.
We can hope for three things this year for the NDP:
1) leadership that becomes competent, inspired and principled (before or after the election- but at least by end of year)
2) That there be several new people elected as a new core group to lead the party in 10-15 years
3) That the party does not lose as many seats as currently feared due to a good platform and campaign - at least holds party status and perhaps does better due to scandals in the Liberal party and weakness in the Conservatives
Even if the last hope is dashed, the first two are essential. To that end some of the people who would retire in the next 15 years could give way - in winnable ridings - to people who will still be here then.
Given that people are working longer and living longer those new people might not need to be all very young either. But a new generation with new people is needed.