Surprising many and shocking just a few, the vacationing Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, issued a press release setting August 1st, 2013 as the date when five vacated Liberal-held ridings will vote for a new Member of Provincial Parliament.
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Liberal candidate Yvonne Jones easily defeated former Conservative Party Cabinet Minister Peter Penashue in Labrador. Penashue, who had gambled that voters would prefer a representative at the government table over a backbencher came a distant second.
The UK Independence Party continues to represent a significant threat to the three old parties, coming second in the Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council Pemberton ward by-election held on 4 April 2013.
Monica Batac, a classroom teacher that utilizes innovative teaching techniques, is in the race for the TDSB Trustee Ward 20 Scarborough-Agincourt by-election to give students and parents a voice to improve education.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's special arts and culture adviser Jeff Melanson announced his resignation after accepting a position at Alberta’s prestigious Banff Centre. Meanwhile, by-elections have been called for City Council Ward 9 and TDSB Ward 4.