Weekly Round-Up: September 26, 2014

September 26th, 2014 by Dan Allan

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

New Brunswick election recap

The results were delayed by a “software glitch,” but Brian Gallant’s Liberals won a majority government in New Brunswick’s 38th general election. The Liberals took 27 seats, the PC were reduced to 21 and Green Party leader David Coon secured the party’s first-ever seat in the legislature.

Voter turnout decreased to 65 per cent, five seats were decided by fewer than 100 votes and the new government will be sworn in within two weeks. You can check out our recap and view the complete results on the Elections New Brunswick website.

Leadership race update

New Brunswick’s election result has sparked two new leadership elections. Former premier David Alward resigned as PC leader and Dominic Cardy resigned as the leader of the NDP. Alward has served as PC leader since 2008, while Cardy’s resignation leaves the NDP looking for their fourth leader since 2005.

The Ontario PC will elect their new leader in May 2015Vic Fedeli is the latest candidate in the race, joining fellow MPPs Christine Elliot and Monte McNaughton. MPP Lisa MacLeod and MP Patrick Brown are expected to announce their intentions over the next few weeks.

Vice-regal roll call

Ontario has a new lieutenant governor! Elizabeth Dowdeswell was sworn in as the Queen’s representative in the province, replacing the outgoing David Onley. Want to learn more about the LG’s role? We updated our video on Canada’s Democracy to include Ms. Dowdeswell.

In other lieutenant governor news, Paul Davis will be sworn in as the new premier of Newfoundland and Labrador today by Frank Fagan, J.J. Grant delivered a Speech from the Throne to mark the beginning of the Nova Scotia legislature’s fall session and Vaughn Solomon was on hand to swear in Greg Ottenbreit as Saskatchewan’s new rural and remote health minister.

What we’ve been up to

Ontario’s municipal and school board elections are just a little over a month away and this week we began distributing resources to the more than 1,000 schools signed up for the Student Vote. You can check out photos from our warehouse and watch our new registration video. There is still time to get your class involved!

CIVIX team members Emily Barrette and Douglas Wong are former Ontario Legislature Internship Programme interns. They returned to Queen’s Park to give a presentation on our current projects. Here’s a recap.

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

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