Weekly Round-Up: February 7, 2014

February 7th, 2014 by Dan Allan

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

Quebec election tension

Quebec deputy premier Francois Gendron won’t rule out a spring election as timing “may be more favourable now than it was last fall.” The Canadian Press speculates that Premier Pauline Marois “may call an election in March, with Quebecers going to the polls in mid-April.” It’s likely that a budget tabled by the Parti Quebecois this spring would be defeated.

New Brunswick’s pre-election budget

New Brunswick’s final provincial budget before September’s provincial election was released on Tuesday by Finance Minister Blaine Higgs. The budget forecasts a deficit of $391 million for the coming year and notes that the province should be in surplus by 2017-18. Premier David Alward also presented his “state of the province” address last week.

Retirements, floor-crossings and caucus changes

Liberal MP Irwin Cotler announced that he would not run again in the 2015 federal election. Cotler has represented Montreal’s Mount Royal riding since 1999.

Manitoba MLA Christine Melnick was removed from the NDP caucus on Tuesday for speaking out against Premier Greg Selinger. Melnick had already been removed from her position in cabinet last October. She plans to run again in the next election.

Two former members of the Newfoundland and Labrador NDP joined the province’s Liberal Party this week. MHAs Chris Mitchelmore and Dale Kirby left the party last October and sat as independents after a disagreement with party leader Lorraine Michael. Two PC MHAs have also crossed the floor to join the Liberals over the past year.

Provincial Round-Up

BC MLAs will need to set their alarm clocks a little earlier when the legislature resumes next week. Liberal house leader Mike de Jong announced his plans to move the daily question period to 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays instead of the current start time of 1:30 p.m.

The Alberta Liberal Party has a new logo! The party made a shift to the grey and green “Liberalberta” logo in 2012, but they have now returned to the traditional Liberal red.

Congrats to our very own Everyday Political Citizen

Our friends at Samara held the Every Political Citizen Contest, and we were very proud to nominate Student Vote Team Leader Sam Livingstone. Sam made it to the shortlist, and this week was named one of the contest’s runners-up. Keep up the great work in Fort McMurray, Sam!

The week ahead

The opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics is today, and we’re excited for two and a half weeks of excitement.

The federal budget will be released next week, and so will the Student Budget Consultation results!

Next week will also see two Ontario provincial by-elections and a Speech from the Throne in British Columbia.

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

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