Weekly Round-Up: March 28, 2014

March 28th, 2014 by Dan Allan

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

Election debates

The first Toronto mayoral debate was held on Wednesday evening. There are more than 40 candidates in the race, but only Olivia Chow, David Soknacki, Karen Stintz and John Tory joined Mayor Rob Ford in discussing the major issues facing the city. Eighteen-year-old mayoral hopeful Morgan Baskin wasn’t invited to the debate, but she blogged for us about her decision to seek public office.

The second and final leaders’ debate of the 2014 Quebec provincial election was held last night and, once again, the four major party leaders faced off in French. The debate included Liberal leader Philippe Couillard, Québec Solidaire co-spokesperson Françoise David, Coalition Avenir Québec leader François Legault and Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois.

Alberta’s new premier

Dave Hancock was sworn in as Alberta interim premier on Sunday evening, replacing Alison Redford. Hancock is the sixth premier to serve during the Progressive Conservative “dynasty” that has governed the province since 1971.

The Alberta PC will hold a leadership vote on September 6 to select the next premier. If necessary, a second round of voting would be held on September 20. Any Albertan 14 and older with a PC membership is eligible to vote. MLAs Doug Horner, Ken Hughes, Thomas Lukaszuk and Jonathan Denis have openly expressed interest in the job.

Ontario cabinet shuffle

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced some changes to her cabinet after MPP Linda Jeffrey resigned to enter the Brampton mayoral race.

Bill Mauro replaces Jeffrey as Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister, Kevin Flynn becomes the Minister of Labour, Madeleine Meilleur becomes Ontario’s first female Attorney General, Yasir Naqvi becomes Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services and John Gerretsen becomes the Chair of Cabinet.

What we’ve been up to

CIVIX President Taylor Gunn testified at the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs in Ottawa. You can watch or listen to Thursday’s meeting on the PROC website.

The House of Commons returned for a two week break on Monday. We’re continuing to meet with Members of Parliament to discuss civic education; you can read summaries of our meetings on the “Olivia on the Hill” blog.

Want to join our team? CIVIX is hiring a Campaign Distribution Manager for the next Ontario provincial election!

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

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