Weekly Round-Up: September 5, 2014

September 5th, 2014 by Dan Allan

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

New premiers

As many as three provinces could find themselves with new premiers this month (depending, of course, on the outcome of the New Brunswick provincial election).

Alberta could have a new premier as soon as tomorrow. The first round of voting begins today, and a second will be held on September 19 and 20 if Jim Prentice, Thomas Lukaszuk or Ric McIver fails to receive a majority of votes.

The Newfoundland and Labrador PC are also in the midst of their leadership race, and the new premier will be elected at a leadership convention next weekend. John Ottenheimer, Paul Davis and Steve Kent are in the running and CBC has analyzed how they compare on Twitter.

New Brunswick election update

The New Brunswick provincial election is less than 3 weeks away! Nominations closed on Tuesday and an unofficial list of candidates is now available. One candidate, however, has been suspended by his party after being charged with fraud.

A new poll shows that Brian Gallant’s Liberals hold a “wide lead” over PC leader David Alward and NDP leader Dominic Cardy. But will voters show up on election day? UNB political scientist Paul Howe expects low voter turnout as he argues that the “political system creates voter apathy.”

Is it time for mandatory voting?

If Australia and Singapore can do it, why not us? The Toronto Star’s Susan Delacourt presented her case for mandatory voting in Canada. The federal Liberals are also considering the idea.

Resignations and nominations

Newfoundland and Labrador finance minister Charlene Johnson steps down today. Johnson was first elected as the MHA for Trinity-Bay de Verde in 2003. Justice Minister Terry French also announced that he will retire from politics later this month. He has represented the Conception Bay South riding since 2002.

Nomination battles continue across the country. MP Rob Anders is facing an “uphill battle” for the nomination in Bow River, Alberta, and Canadian Forces veteran David MacLeod is seeking the Liberal nomination in Central Nova. Former Saskatchewan NDP leadership candidate Ryan Meili will not seek the federal NDP nomination in Saskatoon West.

What we’ve been up to

We are hiring a Campaign Distribution Manager and Campaign Distribution Workers for the upcoming Ontario municipal and school board elections. Apply now!

Our Parliamentary Outreach and Research Officer Olivia Dorey was one of 100 young Canadians who met to shape a vision for Canada’s future as part of the New Canada Conference in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Olivia will be blogging soon about her experience.

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

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