Weekly Round-Up: September 19, 2014

September 19th, 2014 by Dan Allan

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

Canada’s Democracy Week

We were excited to take part in the fourth annual Canada’s Democracy Week (read our blog here). Canada’s Democracy Week is organized by Elections Canada and aims to connect Canadians with activities that celebrate our democratic values and traditions.

We launched this year’s Rep Day program during Democracy Week and coordinated classroom visits with MPs James Bezan, Ralph Goodale, Ray Boughen, Geoff Regan, Leon Benoit, Mauril Bélanger and Nycole Turmel. CIVIX President Taylor Gunn also took part in a discussion on “The ABCs of Teaching Democracy” at the University of Ottawa.

Leadership races

Paul Davis won the Newfoundland and Labrador PC leadership race and will become the province’s next premier. The convention took an “unexpected twist” when the second ballot results showed that Davis and John Ottenheimer were separated by just one vote. Davis won on the third ballot and is expected to take over the premier’s office in “a couple of weeks.”

Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton has entered the Ontario PC leadership race. McNaughton is the second candidate in the race, joining fellow MPP Christine Elliott.

Jim Prentice was sworn-in as Alberta’s sixteenth premier and announced his cabinet, prorogued the legislature and invited Donna Kennedy-Glans to return to the PC caucus. The legislature is set to return on November 17.

Election update

The 2014 New Brunswick provincial general election will take place on Monday! The latest polls still show that Brian Gallant’s Liberals hold a “significant lead” over David Alward’s Progressive Conservatives.

Will there be an early election in Manitoba? The earliest a provincial election can be held is October 2015, but opposition leader Brian Pallister is pushing for a spring 2015 vote. Premier Greg Selinger says he has no plans to change the fixed election date legislation and it is likely that voters will next cast ballots in April 2016.


The House of Commons returned this week, but that didn’t stop two Members of Parliament from announcing their departure from federal politics:

  • Conservative MP Rob Merrifield resigned to become Alberta’s representative to the United States. Merrifield had represented the Yellowhead riding since 2000.
  • Liberal MP Gerry Byrne will leave federal politics to run in the next Newfoundland and Labrador provincial election. Byrne has represented Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte since 1996.

Two provincial politicians also announced their resignations:

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