Weekly Round-Up: February 20, 2015

February 20th, 2015 by Dan Allan

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

Leadership race updates

The PEI Liberal leadership convention kicks off this evening in Charlottetown! Wade MacLauchlan has been acclaimed as the new party leader and will replace the outgoing Robert Ghiz as premier. Many believe the the province could head to the polls this spring.

Manitoba’s NDP leadership race will be decided in two weeks. Premier Greg Selinger has become the front-runner after picking up more delegates last weekend than rivals Steve Ashton and Theresa Oswald. Who will come out on top? The Winnipeg Free Press has “weighed the odds.”

On March 7, members of the Newfoundland and Labrador NDP will gather in St. John’s for a leadership convention. The race has reportedly “hit the home stretch” with Earle McCurdy seen as the presumptive favourite.

Preparing for the federal campaign

There will be a federal election this year and for the first time in Canadian history there will be “three wise women” running the Conservative, NDP and Liberal campaigns: Jenni Byrne, Anne McGrath and Katie Telford, respectively.

Jason MacDonald, Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s director of communications is stepping away after 18 months on the job and will be replaced by Rob Nicol. What does the job entail? Andrew MacDougall describes a “day in the life” for the PM’s spokesman.

MPPs go back to work

Members of Provincial Parliament returned to Queen’s Park on Tuesday for the first time in 2015. There was a new face on the Liberal benches as Sudbury’s Glenn Thibeault was sworn-in after winning a by-election earlier this month. It was a “raucous first day” for Thibeault, as he faced heckling during his first provincial Question Period.

Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod left the Ontario PC leadership race earlier this month to reportedly run for John Baird’s vacant seat in the House of Commons. However, MacLeod announced this week that she would not run federally and would finish her term at Queen’s Park.

Alberta election speculation

It looks more and more every day that Alberta could head to the polls this spring. In preparation, the Alberta Party offered not to run candidates in five Liberal-held ridings in a non-aggression pact that was ultimately rejected by the Liberals.

In another sign, long-time Calgary-Fort MLA Wayne Cao won’t be running for re-election, joining several of his other Progressive Conservative colleagues. Cao has represented the riding since it was created 18 years ago.

Budget day in BC

Tuesday was Budget Day in BC! Finance Minister Mike de Jong tabled a budget that featured a budget surplus of $879 million. As per tradition, de Jong wore a new pair of shoes.

Want to share your input on the federal budget? Second semester classes can register now for our Student Budget Consultation program. Nearly 5,000 youth have already taken part from across the country.

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