Weekly Round-Up: July 11, 2014

July 11th, 2014 by Dan Allan

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

Leadership races

Nominations have closed and there are three candidates for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador: MHAs Paul Davis and Steve Kent and former MHA John Ottenheimer. The new leader, who will also become the premier, will be chosen on September 13.

The Ontario PC are also looking for a new leader, but the party has decided to take some additional time before determining the timing of the leadership vote. Interim leader Jim Wilson took over for Tim Hudak last week.

Nominations and appointments

Former Manitoba NDP MLA MaryAnn Mihychuk won the federal Liberal nomination in the Winnipeg riding of Kildonan-St. Paul.

The prime minister is reportedly “under pressure” to make new appointments to the Senate. There are currently 11 openings, and with upcoming retirements there will be 17 empty seats by the end of the year. Is Stephen Harper obliged to fill the Senate vacancies? The CBC has taken an interesting look at some potential scenarios.

Coal is a “charismatic male feline” who used to reside in the Parliament Hill cat sanctuary; he is plotting his return to the Hill and plans to run in the next federal election.

Municipal elections

Several provinces are holding municipal and local government elections later this year (you can read our preview). Toronto, Ontario votes in October, and the latest poll shows that John Tory is leading the race.

In Surrey, British Columbia (which heads to the polls in November), Mayor Doug McCallum has decided to run for re-election. Neepawa, Manitoba will be electing a new mayor in October as Ken Waddell has resigned due to stress.

Upcoming opportunities

Our friends at Samara have launched the second year of their Everyday Political Citizen project. We nominated Student Vote Team Leader Sam Livingstone last year and she was chosen as a runner-up. Nominate someone today!

Registration is open for the Saskatchewan Youth Parliament Summer Camp!

What we’ve been up to

We were very excited to have Olivia Dorey join us in Toronto this week. Olivia is our representative in Ottawa and we recently posted two new ‘Olivia on the Hill’ blog posts.

Did you celebrate Nunavut Day on Wednesday? We blogged about the history of the holiday and the territory’s 15th anniversary.

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

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