Erin Weir has dropped out of the NDP Leadership Race and has supported fellow progressive, Dr. Ryan Meili.
This is a bold, principled move, and one rarely seen in the political sphere.
An Elegant Solution
Weir had an elegant solution - progressive ideas and policies with a known price tag and the wherewithal to pay for them. And it framed the context of the debates and the race itself:
How were each of the candidates going to pay for their platforms?
Without money to pay for policies, the policies lose their potency and become more like platitudes.
It was this emphasis that forced the candidates to get specific with ideas and then how they would be funded. And this is critical to success in the next provincial election.
Weir Ran for Leader and Dropped Out For the Same Reason
Weir is committed to the NDP, to its resolutions, its grassroots base and to progressive policy. He ran for leader to help transform the NDP and win government through a compelling alternative vision to the Sask Party platform.
So you're wondering why, with such an elegant solution, did Weir drop out of the leadership race? He did it for the party and for Saskatchewan. This was the same reason he ran for leader.
The best way for Weir to support the NDP and the people of Saskatchewan was to put his support to Meili and draft a joint policy paper based on shared progressive ideas. This is the definition of 'principled approach', and proves that Weir was in it to make Saskatchewan a better place for everyone.
Weir and Meili are both progressives, and Meili has a great chance (made greater still by this development) to win the leadership and usher in a progressive platform for the next election.
Still an Elegant Solution
And so if Weir's platform was an elegant solution, then so is the Weir-infused Meili platform, since it includes the economic policies required to enable a progressive vision of Saskatchewan to come to fruition.