Weekly Round-Up: January 9, 2015

January 9th, 2015 by Dan Allan

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

Cabinet shuffle

The year in Canadian politics got off to a busy start with Monday’s federal cabinet shuffle. Erin O’Toole replaces Julian Fantino as Veterans Affairs minister, and Fantino becomes the Associate Minister of Defence. The current government now has 40 ministers, tying it for the largest federal cabinet in Canadian history.

Election speculation

We’re now officially in an election year! October 19 is the fixed date for this year’s federal vote, but there is a some speculation that the election could be called early. The 30 new ridings to be added this year will also “add another layer of unpredictability”.

There’s no need to wonder about the date of Manitoba’s provincial election. To avoid conflict with the federal election, Manitoba voters will now head to the polls on April 19, 2016. The election was originally set for October 6.

By-election breakdown

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has called the provincial by-election in Sudbury for February 5.  Wynne had said that the riding should have a new MPP by the time the legislature resumes on February 17.

Voters in Nunavut’s Uqqummiut riding will vote in the territorial by-election set for February 9. The seat has sat vacant since October, when MLAs voted unanimously to expel Samuel Nuqingaq from the legislature.

Leadership races

Lorraine Michael announced this week that she would be stepping down as Newfoundland and Labrador NDP leader. A leadership vote is expected in March.

In Manitoba, deadline day for the NDP leadership race has “come and gone”. There are three candidates in the race: current Premier Greg Selinger, Theresa Oswald and Steve Ashton.

There is some other party leadership news to recap from over the holidays: Heather Forsyth was named interim Wildrose leader, the PEI Liberals are poised for a “coronation” of Wade MacLauchlan as party leader and premier, PEI PC leadership candidates have pledged to also run for MLA, and Conservative MPs have begun to “take sides” in the Ontario PC leadership race.

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