Weekly Round-Up: July 18, 2014

July 18th, 2014 by Dan Allan

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

Ontario budget redux

Déjà vu at Queen’s Park? Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa reintroduced the 2014 budget on Monday, ten weeks after it triggered a provincial election. The budget is assured to pass now that the Liberals have a majority government.

Election updates

The Whitby-Oshawa federal by-election is now unofficially underway! Liberal Celina Caesar-Chavannes is the first candidate nominated to fill the seat formerly held by Jim Flaherty. The by-election must be called by October 25.

If you can’t beat ‘em, run for their old seat? Joe Cressy lost to Adam Vaughan in last month’s Trinity-Spadina federal by-election but is now considering a run for Vaughan’s former Toronto council seat in this October’s municipal election.

Five of Toronto’s mayoral candidates took part in a “raucous debate” in Scarborough. Are election debates “rigged to fail”? Martin Regg Cohn wrote about his concerns and some possible solutions.

Say goodbye to the ballot box, New Brunswickers. The province heads to the polls in September and vote tabulation machines will be used to count the ballots for the first time.

David Cameron takes a page out of Harper’s playbook

British Prime Minister David Cameron unveiled his new cabinet this week on Twitter. The move comes one year after Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper tweeted his own cabinet shuffle.

Leadership races

The Assembly of First Nations will elect their new national chief in December at a special chiefs assembly in Winnipeg. Former leader Shawn Atleo stepped down in May less than two years after being re-elected.

The Ontario PC have “laid the groundwork” for the race to replace Tim Hudak. The timing of the leadership election will likely be set next month by the party executive.

Mayoral mischief

Former London, Ontario Mayor Joe Fontana was sentenced to four months house arrest for fraud-related offences. Check out our blog on Fontana and other cases of ‘Mayoral Mischief.’

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