Weekly Round-Up: March 13, 2015

March 13th, 2015 by Dan Allan

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

Leadership races

It was confirmed on Sunday that embattled Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger would remain on as Manitoba NDP leader. In a tight leadership race, Selinger defeated former ministers Steve Ashton and Theresa Oswald during the second round of voting.

The Newfoundland and Labrador NDP also elected a new leader last weekend. On Saturday, Earle McCurdy beat out Mike Goosney and Chris Bruce for the party’s top job. The province will hold a provincial election this fall.

In anticipation of an April provincial election, Alberta’s Wildrose Party will elect a new leader on March 28. Rules for the race were confirmed this week, as were the three candidates: Drew Barnes, Linda Osinchuk and Brian Jean. You can learn more about the candidates here.

Elections and by-elections

The Alberta legislature resumed this week for the first time since the mass defection of Wildrose MLAs in December, but many expect the session to be cut short by an election call. The decision to issue the writs will ultimately fall to Alberta’s Lieutenant Governor Donald Ethell and he was interviewed this week about the possibility of an early vote.

Many believe that Prince Edward Island could also be headed towards a spring election and The Guardian has a handy map of candidate nominations.

Quebec’s Richelieu riding went to the polls on Monday and Parti Quebécois candidate Sylvain Rochon came out on top with 36 per cent of the vote.

Explaining transfer payments

Have you always been too embarrassed to ask about transfer payments? Thankfully, the Mowat Centre has an explainer on why the payments exist, how they work, and why they matter. You can also learn more about transfer payments through our Student Budget Consultation video on ‘Expenditures’ with Finance Minister Joe Oliver.

Elections office updates

Elections Ontario released their post-election report on Tuesday. The report makes several recommendations for future elections, and also highlights the Student Vote program we ran in nearly 1,700 schools across the province.

After significant delays and inaccurate data on election night, Elections New Brunswick announced last week that they would be scrapping electronic vote-counting software for future elections.

Welcome to the team, Amélie!

We are very excited to welcome Amélie Laurin-Gravel to the CIVIX team as Communications Coordinator.

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

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