Weekly Round-Up: August 23

August 23rd, 2013 by Dan Allan

Each Friday, CIVIX provides a digest of the major events in Canadian and international politics. For ongoing updates, follow us on Twitter at @CIVIX_Canada.

House of Commons prorogued until Thanksgiving

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced on Monday that the House of Commons would be prorogued and would not resume until after Thanksgiving. The House was originally scheduled to resume on September 16, but the prorogation will allow the government to present a Speech from the Throne and begin a new session of parliament.

Fiscal update adds to election speculation

Former Nova Scotia Finance Minister Graham Steele released the first quarter fiscal update for the 2013-2014 provincial budget on Monday. There has been a lot of pre-election chatter and preparations in the province lately (which we summarized in this week’s Student Vote blog), and it’s only a matter of time until an election is called.

New electoral maps in QC, BC and SK

Do you live in Quebec, British Columbia or Saskatchewan? If so, your province now has new federal electoral maps. Electoral districts are reviewed and revised every 10 years, after the census, to ensure the boundaries reflect population movement and growth. The changes don’t go into effect until the 2015 election, but you can check out the new maps now.

New MPPs welcomed to Queen’s Park

Ontario voters went to the polls earlier this month for five provincial by-elections. The winners were sworn in this week, and are now officially Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs). The new MPPs are Liberal Mitzie Hunter (Scarborough-Guildwood), Liberal John Fraser (Ottawa South), New Democrat Percy Hatfield (Windsor-Tecumseh), New Democrat Peggy Sattler (London West) and Progressive Conservative Doug Holyday (Etobicoke-Lakeshore).

“Jack’s Got Your Back”

New MPPs weren’t the only things unveiled in Toronto this week.  A “life-size bronze sculpture” of former NDP leader and Leader of the Opposition Jack Layton was officially installed at the Toronto ferry terminal that now bears his name. Thursday marked the sec0nd anniversary of the former MP’s death.


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