Weekly Round-Up: June 20, 2014

June 20th, 2014 by Dan Allan

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

Ontario election recap

We were so busy with last week’s Ontario Student Vote that we forgot to write the Weekly Round-Up! We’re back this week and, in case you missed it, more than 170,000 elementary and secondary students cast ballots from across the province. Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals were elected with a majority government, just like in the actual election.

In the election, voter turnout rose to above 50 per cent, a record number of women were elected and the most declined ballots were cast since 1975. There will also be a recount in Thornhill; check out our blog for an explanation of what happened and how recounts work in Ontario.

Leadership races

The Newfoundland and Labrador PC leadership race is back to square one as Frank Coleman announced on Monday that he was stepping down as premier-designate. Bill Barry, a potential candidate in the renewed leadership race, believes that every resident over 18 should be allowed to vote for the next premier. Also in NL, the Liberal party has voted in favour of a policy to lower the provincial voting age to 16.

Edmonton-Strathcona MLA Rachel Notley has entered the Alberta NDP leadership race. Current leader Brian Mason will step down on October 19.

The Bloc Québécois have chosen Mario Beaulieu as their new leader, defeating MP André Bellevance.

Resignations and retirements

Tim Hudak will step down as the leader of the Ontario PC on July 2, the day the Ontario legislature is set to return, and the party will select an interim leader. Who could run to replace Hudak? MP Patrick Brown has expressed interest in the job, and the National Post has a list of possible contenders.

Joe Fontana officially resigned as the mayor of London, Ontario yesterday after being found guilty of fraud, forgery and breach of trust.

Two Manitoba MLAs won’t be running in the next election: Elmwood MLA Jim Maloway will seek the federal NDP nomination in Elmwood-Transcona and Agassiz PC MLA Stu Briese will retire.

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