The results are in. The issues are still being debated.
This is intended to be a thread in which a positive conversation can occur about various topics related to the S-G situation and its aftermath.
Possible themes that I see:
1)Which is of greater value..."star candidates" or a solid program of change?)
3)The roles of identity and gender politics in reactions to S-G
4)If it were to turn out that the party leadership had, in some way, helped influence the nomination in question, could the result at the byelection be taken as a vindication of such influence?
5)Would anyone argue that this result means that the ONDP and the federal NDP should drop their traditional refusal to bring "parachute candidates" into particular contests, or should more be done to make sure that nothing that looks like a parachute candidacy should ever be allowed to happen in the NDP at any level?
6)How important is it that a byelection or general election candidate have a real, personal connection to the riding she or he is contesting? What, if anything outweighs such a connection?
7)(if this can be done respectfully...and I'm not sure it can be, but let's try)What should happen next with each of the two people in question in terms of their future role in ONDP politics?
8)What changes should be made in the nomination process for byelections in order to prevent a recurrence of the toxic situation that this particular nomination caused in S-G and throughout the ONDP?
9)anything else other people would like to add.