Weekly Round-Up: May 15, 2015

May 15th, 2015 by Dan Allan

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

Party leadership races

Barrie MP Patrick Brown won the Ontario PC leadership race on Saturday, defeating Whitby-Oshawa MPP Christine Elliott. Brown resigned his federal seat on Wednesday, but he has yet to comment on how or when he will secure a seat in the provincial legislature.

Brown made his first speech at Queen’s Park on Wednesday, following a ‘rare address’ by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard – the first such speech in fifty years.

In other Quebec news, the Parti Québécois leadership race is down to three candidates following the withdrawal of Pierre Cere. The vote is expected to be an “imminent coronation” for Pierre Karl Péladeau, and the results of the first round of voting will be announced this afternoon.

Election aftermath

It was ‘MLA 101’ at the Alberta legislature on Tuesday as Speaker Gene Zwozdesky walked the seventy newly-elected representatives through the ins and outs of legislature procedure and protocol. Rachel Notley may be sworn in as premier sooner than the rest of her caucus to aid with the government transition, Brian Jean held the first meeting with his Wildrose opposition caucus and Ric McIver was selected as the interim PC leader.

There have been suggestions that ex-Premier Jim Prentice should pay the estimated $250,000 cost for the by-election in his riding, and we’ll find out if another by-election is required when the results of the recount in Calgary-Glenmore are announced later today.

In Prince Edward Island, Rob Lantz announced that he would stay on as PC leader despite losing the election. The decision is “unprecedented,” according to political scientist Don Desserud, as Lantz failed to win even his own seat. PC candidate Mary Ellen McInnis has also filed for a judicial recount after losing in her riding by just two votes. And like their colleagues in Alberta, rookie MLAs received a “crash course” on the daily routine, rules, customs and practices of the provincial legislature.

Debate update

There could be big changes to leaders’ debates for this fall’s federal election. On Tuesday, the Conservative Party announced that Prime Minister Stephen Harper will not participate in debates run by the traditional consortium of broadcasters and will instead take part in as many as five independently organized debates.

Happy Victoria Day!

Monday is Victoria Day! Named after Queen Victoria, the holiday celebrates the birthday of all Canadian monarchs. Read our blog to learn more.

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