Weekly Round-Up: March 7, 2014

March 7th, 2014 by Dan Allan

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

Quebec Election Underway

The 41st Quebec general election campaign is underway! Premier Pauline Marois met with Lieutenant-Governor Pierre Duchesne on Wednesday morning and Quebecers will vote on Monday, April 7. The election call comes just 18 months after the September 2012 election, when Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois won a minority government and became Quebec’s first female premier.

Want to bring the election into your classroom? Educators can register now for the Voters in Training (Électeurs en herbe) provincial election program. Teacher resources are also available on the Elections Quebec website.

Municipal Happenings

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford‘s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! was not the only important piece of municipal news from the past week.

The town council in Springhill, Nova Scotia decided to dissolve the municipality due to financial difficulties. Springhill is the hometown of Canadian singer Anne Murray, and it’s unclear if the residents will have to spread their tiny wings and fly away (that’s a ‘Snowbird’ reference for the youngsters out there).

The mayor of Coral Harbour, Nunavut is resigning after only two months in office. Simeon Dion, 29, became Nunavut’s youngest mayor in December. Lack of training and support were the reasons for his decision. A by-election will be held to replace him.

Provincial Round-Up

Provincial legislatures resumed in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Nunavut this week, and a new session began in Alberta. The Alberta Speech from the Throne was read by Lieutenant Governor Donald S. Ethell on Monday, and the provincial budget was delivered by Finance Minister Doug Horner on Thursday afternoon. In Manitoba, the budget was delivered by Finance Minister Jennifer Howard on Thursday. Alexander Sammurtok was sworn in as Nunavut’s newest MLA; he won last month’s Rankin Inlet South by-election.

When will Newfoundland and Labrador’s legislature return? Interim Premier Tom Marshall says it will “be opening around the middle of the month” and is expected to sit into June. The new premier will be selected at PC leadership convention in July.

The BC NDP are also in the midst of a leadership race. MLA Mike Farnworth is the first to “cast his hat in the ring.” Farnworth was first elected as the MLA for Port Coquitlam in 1991 and finished second to Adrian Dix in the 2011 leadership race.

International Women’s Day

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day! International Women’s Day is a day to show respect and appreciation for the economic, political and social achievements of women across the world. 

Did you know that the first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1911, and that women in Canada received the right to vote in 1918? You can learn more in our International Women’s Day blog.

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