Weekly Round-Up: June 27, 2014

June 27th, 2014 by Dan Allan

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

Elections and by-elections

Four federal by-elections are being held on Monday in Scarborough-Agincourt, Trinity-Spadina, Fort McMurray-Athabasca and Macleod. Turnout at advance polls has reportedly been high. Visit the Elections Canada website for more information on where, when and how to vote.

Alberta’s opposition parties are “bracing for a snap provincial election” that could occur as early as the spring of 2015, after a new Progressive Conservative leader is elected.

Did you know that 1 km of fencing along a highway in New Brunswick costs $100,000? The provincial government released a “pre-election fiscal outlook” this week that gives parties a guide for costing their election promises. The province heads to the polls on September 22.

Leadership races

The first candidate in the renewed Newfoundland and Labrador PC leadership race is former MHA and cabinet minister John Ottenheimer. The race restarted last week when premier-designate Frank Coleman resigned from politics.

MPP Christine Elliott is running to replace Tim Hudak as Ontario PC leader. Elliott finished third in the party’s 2009 leadership election.

Ontario has a new lieutenant-governor!

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced yesterday that Elizabeth Dowdeswell would become the province’s 29th lieutenant-governor, replacing David Onley. New Brunswick is also set for a new LG, but that appointment may be delayed as Graydon Nicholas’ term ends just eight days after the upcoming election.

Also in Ontario, the recount in Thornhill upheld PC candidate Gila Martow’s victory, Kathleen Wynne and her new cabinet were sworn in and NDP leader Andrea Horwath unveiled her shadow cabinet.

Upcoming opportunities

Are you between the ages of 19 and 24 and interested in “reimagining Canada’s future”? Register for the New Canada Conference before July 15 for a chance to work together with 100 other youth in Charlottetown, PEI.

Want to run for council in Manitoba? Nominations open on Monday. Check out the Government of Manitoba website for more information.

What we’ve been up to

We opened registration for our 2014 Ontario Municipal and School Board parallel election program! Educators can register online now for the October 27 election.

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

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