Weekly Round-Up: February 28, 2014

February 28th, 2014 by Dan Allan

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

Election speculation

The Globe and Mail reports than an election call in Quebec is expected “within two weeks” and that all three major parties – the Parti Québécois, the Liberals and the Coalition Avenir Québec – have been trying to recruit star candidates. Three Liberal MNAs announced this week that they wouldn’t be seeking re-election: Nelligan MNA Yolande James, Robert-Baldwin MNA Pierre Marsan and Trois-Rivières MNA Danielle St-Armand.

The Ontario Liberal government survived two confidence votes on Tuesday with support from the NDP. Starting this Sunday, Newstalk 1010 will launch a new radio show – “The Province” – that will be hosted by each of the three major party leaders, in rotation. Premier Kathleen Wynne will host this week, followed by NDP leader Andrea Horwath and PC leader Tim Hudak.

Provincial news

The Newfoundland and Labrador PC leadership race is in full-swing, and VOCM has created a handy graphic showing “Who’s in and who’s out.” One of the candidates may be significantly younger than the others: 22-year-old Clarence Cantwell is considering entering the race, which will crown the province’s next premier.

The Nova Scotia legislature resumes today to “deal with a potential strike in the health-care sector,” and legislatures resume next week in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Saskatchewan is getting ready for its next provincial election, although it might be more than two years away. Premier Brad Wall announced that he will be the first Saskatchewan Party candidate nominated for the 2016 election. Yogi Huyghebaert, another Saskatchewan Party MLA, announced that he will not be running in the next election after four terms in office.

Municipal Update

Five provinces and two territories are holding municipal elections later this year.

In Ontario, the province also announced that they are considering legislation that would allow municipalities to switch to ranked ballot voting systems in time for the 2018 municipal elections. Several candidates have begun to declare for local races in this October’s election:

  • In Toronto, former Ontario PC leader John Tory and Councillor Karen Stintz both entered the race for mayor. More than twenty other candidates have already entered the race, including current Mayor Rob Ford.
  • The City of Mississauga (which also unveiled its new logo this week) has its first mayoral candidate! Twenty-four-year-old Scott Chapman is the first to declare in the race to replace 12-term Mayor Hazel McCallion.

In British Columbia, the provincial government is extending the term limits for municipal politicians from three years to four. Gregor Robertson also announced that he would be running for a third term as mayor of Vancouver this November.

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