Curtis Brown

  • Party elites select a premier? There's got to be a better way

    Next weekend, roughly 2,000 people — less than 0.2 per cent of Manitoba’s population — will cast ballots to choose the next premier of our province. When you frame it this way, the process of picking the next NDP leader and premier seems elitist and even undemocratic. How can such a small number of people decide who gets to occupy the province’s highest political office?
  • NDP on homestretch

    Next weekend, roughly 2,000 people -- less than 0.2 per cent of Manitoba's population -- will cast ballots to choose the next premier of our province. When you frame it this way, the process of picking the next NDP leader and premier seems elitist and even undemocratic. How can such a small number of people decide who gets to occupy the province's highest political office?
  • Ashton, Selinger battling it out

    When one politician endorses another politician, does it really make a difference? As the Manitoba NDP selects delegates for its upcoming convention and leadership vote, party members and the public have been hearing a lot about who endorsed which of the three candidates for party leader.
  • Doer dynasty, or aberration?

    ON the morning after the 2007 provincial election, the dawn of the "Doer Dynasty" was proclaimed in this newspaper. Easily re-elected as premier the previous evening, Gary Doer had won a stunning third majority victory, taking 36 seats in the provincial election and consigning the Progressive Conservative and Liberal parties to another four long, demoralizing years in opposition.

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