Government Relations Update - November 2011
November 23, 2011
November is Diabetes awareness month and “Movember” the month during which moustaches are grown and removed to create awareness and raise funds for prostate cancer research.
There have been five provincial elections in Canada in the last month. The governing parties were re-elected in Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador and Saskatchewan. Canadians are currently suffering from election fatigue. The turnout across the Provinces has been around 50% at best.
The election in Ontario resulted in a "minor majority." Premier McGuinty was re-elected for a remarkable third term but with a minority government (of one seat less than a majority.) The McGuinty cabinet, which has shrunk in the aftermath of the election from 28 to 22, is made up of veterans: Finance and Revenue (and Deputy Leader,) Minister Dwight Duncan; Health and Long Term Care, Minister Deb Mathews and Economic Development and Innovation, Minister Brad Duguid.
The leader of the Opposition is Tim Hudak of the Progressive Conservative Party (PC.) Jeff Yurek, PC MPP for Elgin/Middlesex/London was one of 3 pharmacists who won his riding.
Yurek was born in St. Thomas, ON and is a graduate of the University of Toronto. He is a co-owner and pharmacist of Yurek Pharmacy and a teaching associate with the University of Toronto SPEP (structured practical experience program.) Other pharmacists running in the election were Ben Shenouda and Farid Wassef who were unsuccessful.
Andrea Horvath, leader of the NDP, may hold some considerable influence over the Government as it moves its agenda forward.
The quest to decide who will be the next speaker of provincial parliament is significant given the Government's minority. The election for speaker will take place on November 20, 2011 with the Speech from the Throne being given the following day.