Stehpen Harper Justin Trudeau Thomas Mulcair Elizabeth May
In 1994, Tom Mulcair was elected to Quebec’s National Assembly as a representative of the Liberal Party. He was in the cabinet of former premier Jean Charest for three years before leaving over a disagreement about the development of a provincial park. Mulcair made his start in federal politics by choosing to enter Jack Layton’s New Democratic Party and winning a 1007 byelection. He was a key component to the “Orange Wave” in Quebec In the last federal election. This movement sent 59 NDP MOs into Ottawa which broke the hold that the Bloc Quebecois had on Quebec for approximately twenty years. After Jack Layton’s death in August of 2011, Mulcair took the leadership of the Party, beating nine other candidates.
In the mid 200s, eldest son of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, Justin Trudeau became an active member of the Liberal party. He was appointed the chair of the party’s task force after their defeat in the 2006 federal elections. The party continued to cheer on Trudeau until he decided it was time to enter federal politics and won the Liberal Party nomination for the Papineau riding in 2007. In the 2008 federal election, Trudeau won the riding of Papineu over the Bloc Quebecois. After not succeeding over the Connservative Party in that race, he became leader of the Official opposition and was appointed Liberal party ciritic for youth and multiculturalism. After Liberal leader Stéphane Dion resigned, there was speculation that Justin Trudeau would be taking the spot however Michael Ignatieff became leader. In the 2011 Federal election, he was relected in his riding but the Liberals fell into a third party standing leaving the NDP ro become the Official Opposition. Ignatieff resigned and Bob Raw became the leader of the party, appointing Trudeau as the Liberal Critic for post secondary education, youth and sport. After Rae announced his lack of interest for running for party leader, Trudaeu announced his bid for leadership. He was elected as leader of the Liberal Party with 80% of the vote in April of 2013.
In the 1970s, Elizabeth May was an advocate for environmental issues in Canada who gained attention for her attempts to put an end to spraying pesticides over Nova Scotian forests. In 1980, she stood as a founding member of a small party which sparked the beginning of the Green Party.She received her LL.B. from Dalhousie University three years later and moved on to serve as a senior policy advdor to Tom McMillan from 1986 to 1988. May then served as executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada from 1993 to August 2006 when she was elected Green Party leader. Elizabeth May then was granted with the right to participate in the leader debates in the 2008 federal election though her party did not win representation in Ottawa. However, in her Nova Scotia Riding she came close second to Peter MacKay. She then became the first Green Party member to win a seat in the House of Commons in 2011. She launched a tour in 2013 called Save Democracy from Politics.
In 1993, Stephen Harper was elected as a Reform party candidate in the Canadian House of Commons. A falling out with Reform leader Preston Manning caused Harper not to seek reelection in 1997 and eventually he led the National Citizens Coalition. The Coalition was in support of free marker capitalism, low taxes and did not agree with the Canadian government’s stance on the Quebec separatist movement. He eventually declared that he wuld be running to lead the Canadian Allicance party in the summer of 2001 after resigning as president of the Coalition. Harper represented the Alliance Party in early 2002 which eventually merged with the Conservatice Party years later. He took took leadership of the PC Party in 2004. Being the Conservative candidate with a minority government, Stephen Harper became Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister in February of 2006. In 2011, Harper’s party was found to have misled the legislature which caused an election to be called on May 2nd. In that election, the PC Party came out with a majority government (166 seats).
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