Weekly Round-Up: November 8

November 8th, 2013 by CIVIX

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

By-election bonanza

Without a doubt, the theme of this week’s ‘Round-Up’ is by-elections.

Manitoba’s Morris riding has been vacant since February. Premier Greg Selinger claims that he has held off on calling the by-election to “save taxpayers money” and hold it at the same time as another potential by-election in Arthur-Virden. Arthur-Virden MLA Larry Maguire is currently the Conservative candidate in the Brandon-Souris federal by-election. Elections Manitoba has said that there would be no additional cost if the by-elections were held on separate dates.

Quebec Premier Pauline Marois announced that provincial by-elections would be held in the Montreal ridings of Outremont and Viau. Liberal leader Philippe Couillard, who does not have a seat in the National Assembly, plans to run in Outremont. The PQ and CAQ will not run candidates against Couilliard.

Voters in Newfoundland and Labrador’s Carbonear-Harbour Grace riding will elect their new MHA on November 26. Premier Kathy Dunderdale announced the by-election date this week to fill the vacancy left by former finance minister Jerome Kennedy, who resigned in October.

The Ontario riding of London West went to the polls for a provincial by-election on August 1, and NDP candidate Peggy Sattler was ultimately victorious. PC candidate Ali Chahbar, who finished second, is now being investigated by Elections Ontario for handing out chocolate coins that did not properly indicate that they were authorized by his campaign.

Former Penticton Mayor Dan Ashton resigned to run in the British Columbia provincial election. He pledged to reimburse taxpayers for the cost of the by-election required to replace him, which was held on September 7, and fulfilled his promise by delivering a cheque for $32,000 to his former council on Monday.

The list of candidates for the upcoming federal by-elections in Bourassa, Toronto Centre, Provencher and Brandon-Souris has been finalized. View the complete list of candidates on the Elections Canada website.

Suspensions and resignations

The Senate of Canada voted on Tuesday to suspend Senators Pamela Wallin, Mike Duffy and Patrick Brazeau. The senators are suspended without pay until the 2015 election or prorogation, but retain their health benefits. The three senators were appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2009.

Conservative MP Ted Menzies announced his resignation yesterday. Menzies, who was first elected to represent the Macleod riding in 2004, was “well-regarded by MPs of all political stripes for his friendliness and professionalism.”

Quebec municipal elections

1,100 Quebec municipalities went to the polls this past Sunday. Most notably, former Bourassa MP Denis Coderre was elected as the new Mayor of Montreal. Voter turnout in the city was only 43 per cent. Visit the CBC Quebec Municipal Elections website for complete results.

Nunavut news

The Nunavut territorial election was held last week. Results in two ridings were still tied on election night, however. One of those loose ends was cleaned up this week as a judicial recount in Uqqummiut gave Samuel Nuqingaq a two vote victory. Rankin Inlet South will hold a by-election in the new year as a recount confirmed a tie in that riding. Anyone in Nunavut will be eligible to run.

Newly elected Nunavut MLAs will gather in Iqaluit next Wednesday to select the territory’s Speaker, premier and members of the Cabinet. 

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