Selecting a leader is a momentous and defining choice for a politicalparty. Leaders symbolize their party and are a primary factor inelection outcomes. While much is known about the selection of nationalparty leaders, less is known about the provincial selection process,particularly in the Maritimes. Breaking new ground, ConventionalChoices examines twenty-five different leadership elections inthree maritime provinces. The analysis draws on an extraordinarily richdata set spanning thirty-two years to explore the backgrounds,attitudes, and motivations of those who select party leaders. It is animpressive study that offers fresh insights into leadership selectionand Maritime party politics.
Ian Stewart is a professor of political science atAcadia University and author of Roasting Chestnuts: The Mythologyof Maritime Political Culture. David K. Stewartis a professor of political science at the University of Calgary andauthor of Quasi-Democracy? Parties and Leadership Selection inAlberta.
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 ElectorEngagement 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 FirstBallot 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 DelegatedConvention 15 Conclusion Appendix: Leadership Election Profiles for Nova Scotia, NewBrunswick, and Prince Edward Island Notes Bibliography Index