Election week

October 4, 2011 at 9:04 am (Election 2011, News, Politics) (, , , , )

It’s the week of elections in Canada, with three provinces and one territory hitting the polls to choose their next governments.

Alberta also had a significant political event on Saturday, when the Progressive Conservatives elected Alison Redford as their leader – and the next premier of the province.

In PEI, the Liberals and Premier Robert Ghiz were returned to majority power yesterday, while the PCs took five seats. The island province also saw the lowest voter turnout since the 1960s at 77%. Ghiz is, at 37, the youngest provincial leader in Canada.

Up north, most of the incumbents were sent back to Yellowknife on Monday, but only two women were elected out of 19 seats. One of them is from a Hay River riding, a lovely town where I spent some time a few years ago. The territory does not have a party system, but instead elects MLAs who then vote for a premier amongst themselves. It sort of sounds strange for those of us used to extremely partisan campaigns with candidates spewing party lines, but I think it’s a neat idea – one that requires consensus and cooperation from the moment they step into office. It’ll be an interesting term for the politicians, as they once again take up the fight against Ottawa for more control over their resources.

Today, Manitoba residents head to the polls. It sounds like it’s going to be a close one between the New Democrats, who are currently in government, and the Progressive Conservatives.

And then of course, those of us who call Ontario home will cast our ballots on Thursday. Polls are showing a tight race between Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals and the Progressive Conservatives under Tim Hudak. Even New Democrat leader Andrea Horwath is looking good to a whole lot of voters, making a minority situation very likely. I’m not expecting any landslides in this region either, but the biggest question in my mind is who will come second in Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry.

Here’s a timeline of what’s happened so far in this riding.

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