Weekly Round-Up: August 15, 2014

August 15th, 2014 by Dan Allan

Each Friday, CIVIX provides a digest of the major events in Canadian politics.

Resignations and nominations

Quebec’s Haute-Gaspésie-La Mitis-Matane-Matapédia riding may have one of the longest names, and it is now one of only four with an independent MP. The riding is represented by Jean-François Fortin, and he resigned from the Bloc Québécois caucus on Tuesday. The Bloc now only has three MPs in the House of Commons.

Parties are also in the process of nominating their candidates for the next federal election. Former CTV broadcaster Seamus O’Regan will be running for the Liberal nomination in St. John’s South-Mount Pearl. Calgary West MP Rob Anders lost the nomination battle for his current riding in April, but has decided that he will run to represent the Conservatives in the new Bow River riding.

Leadership races

The rules for the upcoming Parti Québécois leadership race will be announced on September 27. The party’s riding association presidents will decide the method of voting and date for the leadership vote.

In Ontario, the Progressive Conservatives will be electing their new leader in April or May of next year. The official date will be determined soon, pending further talks with members. MPP Lisa MacLeod is “poised” to launch her bid, while Postmedia chairman Rod Phillips has decided against running.

Alberta is also in the midst of a leadership race, and two of the three candidates have expressed their wish for a televised debate. You can learn more about the ongoing contests in our Leadership Race Update.

New Brunswick news

Did you know that the writ for the New Brunswick provincial election will be issued in less than a week? You have plenty of time to prepare by checking out Elections New Brunswick’s new website.

In other New Brunswick news, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the appointment of Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau as the province’s next lieutenant governor. Graydon Nicholas’ term as LG ends next month.

Odds and ends

Her term as Alberta premier has ended, but Alison Redford will forever be immortalized on the walls of the provincial legislature. Redford has reportedly chosen the artist who will create her portrait.

Former Bloc Québécois MP Raymond Gravel has died. He represented the Repentigny riding from 2006 to 2008.

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario Teacher’s Forum is a great opportunity for educators. Applications are now being accepted.

What we’ve been up to

Should the voting age be lowered to sixteen? CIVIX president Taylor Gunn was interviewed about this question, and the Student Vote program, on CBC Radio’s Ontario Today last week. You can listen to the episode here.

Need an update on ongoing elections in Turkey, Sweden and Fiji? Check out our International Election Digest.

For ongoing updates, follow us on Twitter at @CIVIX_Canada.

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