Weekly Round-Up: February 13, 2015

February 13th, 2015 by Dan Allan

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

Eve Adams crosses the floor

On Monday, a flurry of political moves began with Conservative MP Eve Adams crossing the floor to join the Liberal Party. Adams has served as the MP for Mississauga-Brampton South since 2011 and will run for the Liberal nomination in Eglinton-Lawrence.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was asked about the floor crossing after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Who decides what questions get asked to the PM? David Akin explains in a great blog post.

Did you know that Stewart Campbell was the first-ever Canadian MP to cross the floor in 1868? Global News has put together a “brief history of floor crossing in Ottawa.”

Federal cabinet shuffle

The prime minister also shuffled his cabinet on Monday. Jason Kenney takes charge of the defence portfolio, former defence minister Rob Nicholson takes over foreign affairs (John Baird’s old portfolio) and Pierre Poilievre takes over as minister for employment and social development.

Nunavut’s new MLA

Voters in Nunavut’s Uqqummiut riding went to the polls on Monday to elect a new MLA. Pauloosie Keyootak was victorious, defeating James Arreak and Niore Iqalukjuak. Voter turnout was 79 per cent in Qikiqtarjuaq and 65 per cent in Clyde River. Full results are available on the Elections Nunavut website.

The seat became vacant in October 2014 when Samuel Nuqingaq was expelled from the legislature for unacceptable conduct.

Leadership races

The Manitoba NDP leadership will be decided in less than a month. Either Greg Selinger will stay on as party leader and premier, or he will be replaced by rivals Theresa Oswald or Steve Ashton. Oswald and Ashton have taken the early lead in delegates for the March 8 leadership vote, but the Winnipeg Free Press argues that it is “still way too early to count Selinger out“. The next few weeks will be very interesting.

In Alberta, the Wildrose Executive Committee will not let MP Rob Anders run for the party leadership. It is also looks like the province will see a May election, as the budget has been delayed until the end of March.

Éric Grenier at ThreeHundredEight.com has updated leadership endorsement rankings for the Ontario PC and Parti Quebecois leadership races.

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