Weekly Round-Up: October 3, 2014

October 3rd, 2014 by Dan Allan

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

Elections and by-elections

The New Brunswick provincial election ended last week but the campaigning is far from over. Two parties are seeking judicial recounts in six ridings decided by fewer than 200 votes. Results were called into question after several vote tabulator machines experienced technical problems.

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice has called four provincial by-elections. Prentice is running in Calgary-Foothills (he is currently without a seat in the legislature) and voters in Edmonton-Whitemud, Calgary-Elbow and Calgary-West will also head to the polls.

Leadership race update

Barrie MP Patrick Brown has entered the Ontario PC leadership race. Brown is the fourth official candidate in the race, joining Monte McNaughton, Christine Elliott and Vic Fedeli. Candidates have until the end of January to announce their campaign, and the new leader will be elected in May.

Brown intends to stay on as MP while running for Ontario PC leader. Should a politician be allowed to hold more than one office? We looked at some other notable examples in a 2013 blog post.

Legislature news

Ontario may soon have thirty new elected representatives. The province is set to gain 15 MPs after the next federal election and the provincial legislature may follow suit by adding 15 MPPs after the next provincial vote. This would increase the number of seats at Queen’s Park from 107 to 122.

Paul Davis was sworn in as Newfoundland and Labrador’s 12th premier last week. At Government House on Tuesday, Davis announced his new cabinet.

Did you know that British Columbia’s legislature is 116 years old? Here are five things you didn’t know about the BC legislature, courtesy of the Vancouver Sun.

What we’ve been up to

We visited Finance Minister Joe Oliver at his Eglinton-Lawrence constituency office to film four educational videos for this fall’s Student Budget Consultation. More information is coming soon!

We’re running our first Student Vote local government election program in British Columbia this November. Registration is now open and educators can sign up here to receive their free election resources.

Time is running out, but there is still time for Ontario educators to register for the Student Vote municipal and school board election program. Election day is just four weeks away!

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

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