Selecting a leader is a momentous and defining choice for a political
party. Leaders symbolize their party and are a primary factor in
election outcomes. While much is known about the selection of national
party leaders, less is known about the provincial selection process,
particularly in the Maritimes. Breaking new ground, Conventional
Choices examines twenty-five different leadership elections in
three maritime provinces. The analysis draws on an extraordinarily rich
data set spanning thirty-two years to explore the backgrounds,
attitudes, and motivations of those who select party leaders. It is an
impressive study that offers fresh insights into leadership selection
and Maritime party politics.
Ian Stewart is a professor of political science at Acadia University and author of Roasting Chestnuts: The Mythology of Maritime Political Culture. David K. Stewart is a professor of political science at the University of Calgary and author of Quasi-Democracy? Parties and Leadership Selection in Alberta.
Tables and Figures Acknowledgments 1 Choosing Leaders 2 The Conventions 3 From J. Buchanan to A. Buchanan: Candidates and Voters 4 Tourists or Partisans? Political Background and Elector Engagement 5 Leadership Election Support Patterns: Friends and Neighbours? 6 Town versus Country: Urban Rural Divisions 7 Brothers and Sisters? Gender-Based Voting at Party Conventions 8 Inter- and Intraparty Attitudinal Differences 9 Rebels without a Cause? Supporters of Fringe Candidates 10 Going My Way? "Delivering" Votes after the First Ballot 11 Prince Edward Island and the Garden Myth 12 New Brunswick: The Politics of Language 13 Nova Scotia: The Challenge of Social Democracy 14 The End of the Affair? Political Scientists and the Delegated Convention 15 Conclusion Appendix: Leadership Election Profiles for Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island Notes Bibliography Index