Weekly Round-Up: January 17, 2014

January 17th, 2014 by Dan Allan

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

Governor General hosts round-table on youth engagement

Governor General David Johnston invited 75 youth representatives to Rideau Hall for a discussion on youth engagement. The discussion focused on defining meaningful youth involvement, identifying challenges faced by youth, and finding new, innovative ways and opportunities to help youth achieve their goals.

CIVIX team member Olivia Dorey was at the round-table and wrote about her experience.

Are elections in the forecast for Quebec and Ontario?

The Montreal Gazette reports that there is “fog shrouding the Quebec National Assembly building,” and that a provincial election campaign this spring “seems unavoidable.” Many believe that the CAQ and Liberals will vote down the minority Parti Québécois budget, triggering an election.

The Toronto Star’s Martin Regg Cohn notes that the Ontario “election forecast is more unpredictable than at any time in recent memory,” but the recently called by-elections in Thornhill and Niagara Falls could “culminate in a province-wide general election by spring.”

Resignations and leadership races

The Bloc Québécois will select their new leader in May. Former leader Daniel Paillé resigned last month. Bloc MPs Andre Bellavance and Jean-Francois Fortin have expressed interest in the top job.

Conservative MP Brian Jean stepped down last week, and his resignation takes effect today. Jean has represented Alberta’s Fort McMurray-Athabasca riding since 2004, and won his seat in the 2011 Student Vote.

Election dates and candidates

As mentioned earlier, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced this week that the by-elections in Thornhill and Niagara Falls would take place on February 13.

Nominations have closed for Manitoba’s Arthur-Virden and Morris by-elections. A total of nine candidates have filed nomination papers for the January 28th by-elections.

Only two candidates will be running in Nunavut’s Rankin Inlet South by-election. ​Lorne Kusugak and Alexander Sammurtok tied with 172 votes each during the October 2013 general election, and they will face off again on February 10th.

Saskatchewan’s election date may be changing, and the Regina Leader-Post’s Murray Mandryk reports that the province may move their election ahead to April or June 2015 to avoid conflict with the next federal election. Other provinces have announced similar plans.

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