Weekly Round-Up: August 30

August 30th, 2013 by Dan Allan

Each Friday, CIVIX provides a digest of the major events in Canadian and international politics. For ongoing updates, follow us on Twitter at @CIVIX_Canada.

An “Unofficial” Nova Scotia Leaders’ Debate

Three of Nova Scotia’s party leaders met this week for a “moderated chat,” despite the fact that the provincial election has not yet been called. NDP Premier Darrell Dexter, Liberal leader Stephen McNeil and Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie met at an event hosted by the Halifax Chamber of Commerce to discuss likely campaign issues like the economy, government spending, taxes, education and immigration.

The Senate saga continues

Ontario Senator Mac Harb resigned this week. Harb was under investigation for inappropriate living and travel expense claims. Harb dropped his legal action and agreed to repay the remaining money he owed. Harb was appointed to the Senate in 2003 by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, and previously served as the Liberal MP for Ottawa Centre from 1988 to 2003.

Despite six Senate vacancies, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the he had “no immediate plans” to appoint new Senators.

Nominations and Appointments

Toronto deputy mayor Doug Holyday stepped down as the councillor for ward 3 to run in the Etobicoke-Lakeshore provincial by-election. Holyday won, and Toronto council decided this week that council would appoint his replacement rather than holding a potentially costly by-election.

Windsor councillor Percy Hatfield was also elected to the Ontario Legislature, and council will also be appointing his replacement. Someone posted a satirical “help wanted” ad on Kijiji that called for applicants to put their names forward for the ward 7 seat. “Why waste time with silly elections when we can just pick someone,” writes the anonymous poster.

Adam Olsen was appointed interim leader of the British Columbia Green Party this week. Jane Sterk resigned as party leader earlier this month. Olsen was defeated in Saanich North and Islands during the provincial election this spring, but won his seat in the Student Vote.

Former Prince Edward Island NDP leader Larry Duchesne will be running in the upcoming Nova Scotia provincial election in the riding of Cumberland South. Duchesne served as PEI NDP leader from 1991 to 1995.

Do you remember Tuxedo Stan? Despite being a cat, Stan ran a valiant campaign during last fall’s Halifax mayoral election. Stan is now battling cancer, but his brother Earl Grey plans to run in the Nova Scotia provincial election. Feline voter turnout is expected to increase dramatically, while mice will likely stay home on election day.

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