Weekly Round-Up: May 2, 2014

May 2nd, 2014 by Dan Allan

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

Ontario budget

Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa delivered his second provincial budget yesterday. Titled “Building Opportunity, Securing Our Future,” the budget projects a $12.5 billion deficit. You can click here for highlights, and here to watch and/or read Sousa’s speech.

Will it trigger a June election? The NDP have reportedly been given a one-week deadline to decide whether or not they will support the Liberal budget. It’s possible that Premier Kathleen Wynne could call an election herself before the budget comes to a vote.

Leadership races

John Horgan was acclaimed as the new leader of the BC NDP yesterday as he was the only candidate who remained in the race to replace Adrian Dix. Mike Farnworth withdrew his bid last month.

Former Conservative MP Jim Prentice has entered the Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership race. Ken Hughes, the former municipal affairs minister, was the first to enter the race in April. The new premier will be selected in September.

The PCs aren’t the only Alberta party on the hunt for a new leader. Alberta NDP leader Brian Mason announced this week that he will retire in October. Mason is the longest-serving NDP MLA in Alberta history.

Retirements and caucus changes

Newfoundland & Labrador interim Premier Tom Marshall has shuffled his cabinet yesterday to “bring a fresh perspective.” It’s not clear how long the changes will last as Frank Coleman will be confirmed as premier and the new leader of the Newfoundland and Labrador PC in July.

Saskatchewan Party MLA Bill Hutchinson lost a nomination vote and will not represent the party in the new Regina Pasqua riding during the next election. It’s a “rarity” for a sitting politician to lose their party’s nomination and it’s unclear yet whether Hutchinson will retire or attempt to run in another riding.

Two Saskatchewan Party cabinet ministers announced that they will not be running in the next provincial election: Social Services Minister June Draude and Deputy Premier and Finance Minister Ken Krawetz. A Saskatchewan cabinet shuffle is expected in June.

In New Brunswick, Saint John East Progressive Conservative MLA Glen Tait announced that he will not run in September’s provincial election. Fundy-River Valley MLA Jim Parrott rejoined the PC this week after sitting as an independent since 2012.

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