Weekly Round-Up: August 8, 2014

August 8th, 2014 by Dan Allan

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

Redford resigns (again)

Alison Redford resigned as the PC MLA for Calgary-Elbow on Wednesday. Redford stepped down as premier in March and was replaced on an interim basis by Dave Hancock.

What happens next? A by-election to replace the former premier must be called within six months. A new PC leader/premier will be elected in September, and if the seat-less Jim Prentice is the victor he could run in Redford’s now-vacant riding.

Nominations and leadership races

Speaking of Alberta politics, the candidates for the province’s NDP leadership race are now official. Nominations closed on Tuesday and MLA Rachel Notley, MLA David Eggen and Rod Loyola are running to replace outgoing leader Brian Mason. Check out our Leadership Race Update for more details.

It’s back to square one for the federal Conservative nomination contest in the new Oakville North-Burlington riding as both Eve Adams and Natalia Lishchyna stepped down over the past week. Adams is currently the MP for Mississauga-Brampton South, and Licshchyna plans to run again federally in the future.

NB election news

The New Brunswick provincial election is not yet officially underway, but campaign signs and advertisements have been popping up across the province. There are no restrictions on pre-writ advertising, so it’s all legal.

Need to prepare for next month’s election? You can read our preview and the Telegraph Journal’s profiles of all 49 ridings.

Contests and opportunities

Our friends at Samara are running their Everyday Political Citizen contest, and we were very excited to see that Student Vote Team Leader Neeta Kumar-Britten was nominated in Sydney-Victoria! Neeta was nominated by riding MP Mark Eyking, who we discussed civic education with earlier this year.

Want to bring your class to Queen’s Park? Reservations for the Legislative Assembly of Ontario’s school programs are now open. Ontario educators should also register their class for our Ontario Municipal and School Board Student Vote election program!

Odds and ends

Here’s a look at who federal party leaders follow on Twitter. Can you guess which one follows Kiefer Sutherland?

Kingston and the Islands Liberal MP Ted Hsu won’t run for re-election next year. Hsu was first elected in 2011.

Elections Quebec plans to create an online and searchable registry of anyone accused of breaking Quebec election laws.

Halifax Mayor Mike Savage believes that immigrants with permanent residence status should have the right to vote in the next municipal election.

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

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