Weekly Round-Up: September 6

September 6th, 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.

A Nova Scotia election call is imminent

The moment we’ve been speculating about for months may finally be here! It is likely that Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter will visit with Lieutenant Governor J.J. Grant tomorrow to ask that an election be called. This would likely lead to a 31 day campaign, and voters would head to the polls on Tuesday, October 8.

We will be running the Student Vote parallel election program in Nova Scotia, and interested teachers can sign up now. More than 100 schools have already registered.

A new premier for Nunavut

Nunavut MLAs returned to Iqaluit this week for the final sitting of the Third Legislative Assembly. The legislature will meet for less than two weeks, but MLAs hope to pass five bills. Any bills that are not passed will die on the floor.

The Nunavut territorial election is scheduled for October 28. Premier Eva Aariak announced this week that she will not be seeking a second term. She will still run for a seat as a Member of the Legislative Assembly. Nunavut uses a consensus style of government where MLAs choose the premier, speaker and cabinet ministers from amongst themselves following the election.

By-elections, debates and leadership races

Brandon-Souris MP Merv Tweed announced his resignation on August 12, to be effective August 31.  House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer officially notified Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand of the vacancy this week, and there are now four vacant seats in the House of Commons: Brandon-Souris, Provencher, Toronto Centre and Bourassa. A number of candidates have begun to announce that they will seek their party nominations.

St. John’s, NL municipal candidates met for the first-all candidates’ debate of the election last night. The city heads to the polls on September 24.

The Alberta Party is in the midst of their leadership race, and the final debate was held in Edmonton last night. Candidates Greg Clark and Troy Millington will debate party policies and answer public questions. The new leader will be elected online, and the winner be announced at the party’s annual general meeting on September 21.

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