Weekly Round-Up: November 1

November 1st, 2013 by Dan Allan

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

Nunavut territorial election

Nunavut went to the polls on Monday for the territory’s fourth general election. Only six of the MLAs elected on Monday were incumbents, and Premier Eva Aariak lost her seat in Iqaluit-Tasiluk. A new premier will be selected at a leadership forum in two weeks.

Three of the newly-elected MLAs are women, and 30-year-old David Joanasie becomes the youngest person ever elected to the Nunavut legislature. There were ties in the ridings of Rankin Inlet South and Uqqummiut, and recounts for the two ridings will take place on November 5.

Voter turnout was 64 per cent, down 10 per cent from the 2008 election. Visit the Elections Nunavut website for complete results.

Resignations and leadership races

The Manitoba Liberal Party met last weekend to elect their new leader. Rana Bokhari defeated challengers Dougald Lamont and Bob Axworthy on the first-ballot, receiving 431 of 857 ballots cast.  The party only won one seat in the 2011 provincial election.

NDP MP Alex Atamanenko announced this week that he would not be running again in the 2015 federal election. Atamanenko has served as the MP for British Columbia Southern Interior since 2006. Atamanenko won his seat in the 2011 Student Vote and took part in our Rep Day program this fall.

The Newfoundland and Labrador NDP have seen some drama over the past few weeks. Lorraine Michael has said that she will remain as leader, despite calls from her caucus for a leadership review vote. The NDP caucus is now made up of only three members as MHAs Dale Kirby and Christopher Mitchelmore resigned on Tuesday to sit as independents.

Alberta legislature returns

The Fourth Sitting of the 1st Session of Alberta’s 28th Legislature resumed this week in Edmonton! The opposition wasted no time, as the tone of the first question period was described as “combative.”

You could say the legislature has literally gone to the dogs as, in a historic first, MLA Heather Forsyth brought a service dog into a Canadian legislature for the first time ever. Forsyth, who has hearing loss, began bringing her dog Quill with her to work on Monday.

News from the NWT

Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod shuffled his cabinet this week to prepare for devolution, where it will receive increased responsibilities from the federal government.

The Chief Electoral Officer’s Auxiliary Report on the 2011 election was also released this week, noting issues with voter ID requirements, the election date and other concerns.

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