Weekly Round-Up: July 5

July 5th, 2013 by Kate Fane

Every Friday, CIVIX provides a digest of the major events in Canadian and international politics. For ongoing updates about the latest news in government, follow us on Twitter at @CIVIX_Canada.

Ontario By-Elections

The writ has dropped! On August 1, Ontario voters in the provincial ridings of Etobicoke-Lakeshore, London West, Ottawa South, Scarborough-Guildwood, and Windsor-Tecumseh will all head to the polls to select their new representatives for the legislative assembly. Don’t worry if you”ll be heading out early for the long weekend, as advanced voting will begin on July 21st.

Al Gretzky (yep, Wayne’s uncle) has been nominated as the Freedom Party’s candidate for the by-election in the London West riding. According to his bio, Al’s key focuses are on fiscal responsibility and lowering the provincial debt.

Another high profile candidate is deputy mayor Doug Holyday, who’s set his sights on the Etobicoke-Lakeshore riding. If Holyday wins, it would be a major game changer for the Conservatives: they haven’t elected anyone in Toronto since 1999.

A New, New Mayor for Laval

In the future, everyone will be a Canadian mayor for fifteen minutes. Martine Beaugrand has been named Laval’s new interim mayor after running in an unopposed election. Martine, Laval’s first female mayor, will replace previous interim mayor Alexandre Duplessis, who resigned on June 28 after allegations of extortion.

Google Takes Us Inside Parliament Hill

We were seriously excited when news first broke about Google’s street view team hitting Parliament Hill, and now we’re finally able to explore the hallowed halls of the House of Commons, the Senate, and the Library of Parliament.

Surprises in the Nova Scotia Legislature

There will be no paramedic strike in Nova Scotia this weekend, as the House has sent the dispute to binding arbitration. MLAs were called back to the legislature to discuss the issue in a rare emergency sitting. No deal has been reached with the province’s 800 unionized paramedics. 

In other Nova Scotia news, MLA and professional mustache cultivator Percy Paris stepped down from his cabinet position after being charged with assault and uttering threats against Liberal MLA Keith Colwell during what has charmingly been described as a “scuffle” in the men’s bathroom at Province House. 

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Happy Birthday, Canada!

June 27th, 2013 by Dan Allan

The British colonies of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and the Province of Canada (which contained what is now Ontario and Quebec) combined to form the Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867.

The anniversary of this date was first celebrated on July 1, 1879 on a holiday called Dominion Day. Dominion Day was not celebrated again until Canada’s 50th anniversary on July 1, 1917.

Dominion Day was renamed in 1982, and the holiday has since been known as Canada Day.


An initial attempt to rename Dominion Day was made in 1946 in a private member’s bill introduced by Liberal MP Antoine-Philéas Côté. The bill was passed by the House of Commons but stalled by the Senate, who suggested that the holiday be called “The National Holiday of Canada.”

The federal government has celebrated Canada’s “birthday” annually since 1958.  This has always included an afternoon ceremony on Parliament Hill and a concert and fireworks in the evening. The events began being nationally televised in 1968. Click here for information on this year’s events in Ottawa.

Queen Elizabeth II visited for Canada’s Centennial in 1967, and again in 2010. Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, attended Canada Day ceremonies in Ottawa in 2011.

Several noteworthy events have occurred on Canada Day throughout Canadian history:

  • The Canadian National Railway completed the first national radio hookup on July 1, 1927.
  • The CBC held their first cross-country television broadcast on July 1, 1958.
  • The first color television transmission in Canada was broadcast on July 1, 1966.
  • The Order of Canada was inaugurated on July 1, 1967.
  • “O Canada” was named the official Canadian national anthem on July 1, 1980.

Looking for something to do on Canada Day? We’ve compiled a list of “unconventional” Canada Day events in communities across Canada and around the world.

July 1 also marks the beginning of the first ever Canada History Week. Created the Department of Canadian Heritage, the week will promote Canadian history and encourage Canadians to get actively involved in their past.

Visit the Department of Canadian Heritage website for more information on Canada Day.


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7 Unconventional Places to Spend Your Canada Day Weekend

June 19th, 2013 by Kate Fane

Stock up on your temporary tattoos and novelty flags! There are less than two weeks left until events are held across the country to celebrate Canada’s 147th birthday.

Of course, everyone knows that Ottawa is the epicenter of Canada Day activities, and that major cities and capitals will always have the usual fireworks and parades on offer. So for this roundup of Canada Day events, we thought we’d focus on some of the country’s hidden gems.

From Surrey to North Rustico, Jasper to Thunder Bay, we’ve got your Canada Day weekend planned, no matter where you are.


Vancouver may have the fireworks, but nearby Surrey has its own theme park. Featuring rides like the Zipper, the Spider, the Sizzler, and Zero Gravity, visitors of all ages can try their best to keep down their lunches of hot dogs and cotton candy.

And for less adventurous types, beloved indie rockers Sloan and 80’s hair band Platinum Blonde will be performing at the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre, alongside an eclectic lineup that includes an Aerosmith cover band and the Cedar Hills Caledonian Pipe Band.


If you’re lucky enough to be in breathtaking Jasper, Alberta this summer, their Canada Day celebrations offer some real treats: The day starts off with a pancake breakfast hosted by the Mayor and city councilors, followed by a flag-raising ceremony and the famous Canada Day parade. Later in Centennial Park, attendees can take an historical walk conducted by Friends of Jasper National Park, enjoy beer gardens and concerts, and participate in activities for the children. The night culminates with a massive fireworks show and the singing of O’ Canada.


Swift Current
It may only have 15,000 residents, but this Saskatchewan town is definitely pulling above its weight class this Canada Day. The Canadian Cowboys’ Association will be holding a rodeo over the weekend, while Saturday night will see Canadian rockers the Trews performing an outdoor concert in Kinetic Park.

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Thunder Bay
In addition to the usual red and white, Thunder Bay is going green this Canada Day. This year’s parade has a green twist to it, promoting “green & active living”. The parade route has been shortened to encourage community groups and businesses to enter a walking, marching, performance or cycling group that promotes sustainable, healthy and active community messages.

Also on their packed roster of activities is face painting, balloon making, craft and circus workshops, disc golfing, Come n’ try Canoeing, Kayaking and Dragon Boating with Lakehead Canoe Club and Wilderness Supply, a photo booth, yoga with Radiant Yoga, artisans’ markets, skateboarding activities with the Thunder Bay Skateboard Coalition, scavenger hunt, and of course, fireworks.


St John
I’m not entirely clear on the connection, but every Canada Day, the largest flea market is the Maritimes takes over uptown Saint John. This year, a charity bingo game will also be added to the mix, alongside other events like the 7th annual Atlantic Canada Skateboard Challenge, a beach volleyball tournament, a hockey challenge, dance performances, bouncy castles, and free historic trolley rides.


North Rustico
The PEI town of North Rustico only claims 600 residents during the winter, but come Canada Day, over 10,000 visitors flood the area to catch the street parade, flag raising ceremony, Dump Road Derby, watermelon eating contest, and boat parade and fireworks show in Rustico Bay.

This year’s Canada Day celebrations have the theme of “Celebrating Maritime Music,” so there’s also sure to be some great performances.

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New York/London
This year, even expats can celebrate Canada Day in style!

After eight years of celebrations in London, Canada Day International is now bringing festivities to New York City, and looks to add four more major cities for Canada’s 150th Anniversary in 2017.

Hosted by George Stroumboulopolous in the heart of Central Park, New York’s event features performances by Lights, Joel Plaskett, and Spirit of the West. A giant picnic is also planned, as well as a celebration of cooking from major Canadian chefs.

Meanwhile, the London musical features some of the biggest names in Canadian music: The Tragically Hip, the Sheepdogs, Jann Arden, and the Arkells will all be taking the mainstage, while Lululemon will be holding a free outdoor Yoga session. And of course, no celebrations would be complete without a hockey tournament: this year, eight teams will be competing for the prized Trafalgar cup.


Where will you be spending Canada Day?


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2013 Municipal Elections in Newfoundland & Labrador and Alberta

June 12th, 2013 by Katie Reidel

In January we gave you a quick introduction to all of the elections that would be taking place across Canada in 2013. We just wrapped up our Student Vote program that coincided with the provincial election in British Columbia, and now we are looking ahead once again. Let’s take a closer look at two of the elections that will be taking place this fall; municipal elections in both Newfoundland & Labrador and Alberta.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Labrador voters had the chance to go to the polls only a few weeks ago for a federal by-election that elected former MHA Yvonne Jones to the House of Commons, and they will soon go to the polls again on June 25 to elect her provincial replacement. But the entire province goes to the polls later this year when they elect their mayors, councillors and school trustees on September 24.

The Department of Municipal Affairs is encouraging everyone to ‘Make Your Mark’ by considering running for office. They have created and gathered resources for potential candidates, youth, women, and schools.

It will be awhile before candidates are officially nominated in many municipalities, but St. John’s mayor Dennis O’Keefe made it clear a year ago that he would be running for re-election in 2013. It is also never too early to check if you are on the voter’s list. You can even do it online in some cities, such as Mount Pearl, Corner Brook, and St. John’s.

St. John’s will also be changing its sign bylaws in advance of the upcoming election. Signs can now only go up 60 days before an election, and signs must come down three days after the vote. Signs cannot be within 20 metres of an intersection and will not be allowed on traffic lights.


Alberta’s two largest cities, Calgary and Edmonton, will attract national attention this October for mayoral elections.

Edmonton’s Stephen Mandel will not be seeking re-election this fall, after three terms as mayor. So far councillor Kerry Diotte has expressed an interest in running to replace Mandel, and MP Peter Goldring has also spoken about the allure of the job. Lethbridge will also be electing a new mayor as Rajko Dodic steps down. Trustee Chris Spearman and Councillor Faron Ellis have announced their candidacy so far.

Calgary’s Mayor Naheed Nenshi is running for re-election, as is Wood Buffalo’s Melissa Blake and St. Albert’s Nolan Crouse.

Some Alberta municipalities are exploring new aspects for their elections. Medicine Hat defeated a motion to define a new role for a Deputy Mayor, intended to reduce stress on the office of the Mayor as the city expands. Wood Buffalo passed a bylaw that defines the size of election signs, intending to limit the distraction to drivers. And several Alberta municipalities have given consideration to online voting, which we have covered extensively in our blogs.

Stay tuned as we cover the Nunavut Territorial Election and Quebec Municipal Elections in Part 2 of this series!


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An Update on Online Voting (Part Three)

June 5th, 2013 by Dan Allan

Several more jurisdictions in Canada and throughout the world are considering a switch to online voting. Here’s the latest news:


Thunder Bay, Ontario is exploring how online voting could function during their next civic election.  A motion to have a report prepared with more information on online voting was passed by council.

The NetNewsledger notes that online voting would reduce the number of ballots printed, which would be “environmentally positive.” Internet voting would also increase accessibility, as citizens would be able to vote from home.


City council in Milton, Ontario is not ready to implement online voting for the next municipal election in 2014. Council voted 6-5 to reject the proposal.

Milton Mayor Gord Krantz believes that the “paper ballot is sure to go the way of the dinosaur,” but is not comfortable implementing the technology without backing from the federal and provincial governments.

Councilors also expressed concerns over safety, security and necessity. Councilor Rick Malboeuf commented that “if someone can’t get off their butt to spend half an hour of their time vote every four years I don’t know if I want them involved in the decision making. I want the person voting for whoever to be informed and be committed to our system.”


Timmins, Ontario is considering internet voting as an alternative to their vote tabulation system.

City clerk Jack Watson is confident that the technology is safe, citing online banking as an example. Online voting is, however, more expensive. “It’s going to increase the cost of the election, but you’re providing a service to the community, you’re trying to give people more opportunity to vote,” said Watson.

Watson is quoted by the Timmins Press as saying that, “its anticipated there will be something around 80 municipalities using some form of Internet voting at the next election.”


City council in the Town of Ajax, Ontario endorsed recommendations by city staff to implement online voting in time for the 2014 civic election. Traditional voting with paper ballots has been eliminated, but seniors and others will be able to receive assistance at polling stations.

The Ajax News Advertiser notes that the report presented to councilors claims that internet voting is more convenient and accessible, as citizens can vote from home or wherever they are on election day. Online voting would be open for a week or more, so more people will have an opportunity to cast a ballot. Results would be available faster and more accurately.


California State Assembly member Philip Y. Ting has authored legislation to “create a pathway” for online voting in the state. The legislation would allow counties to explore secure online voting systems to improve election day efficiency, increase voting awareness, and improving electoral participation. The bill was passed by the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee by a vote of 4 to 2.

Ting notes that “security issues must be fully addressed before online voting can be viable… But it is important to remember that no existing voting system is perfect.”

Voter turnout in some California municipalities is notoriously low. Voter turnout for this year’s Los Angeles mayoral and city council primary was only 16 per cent.


The Philippines is considering online voting as a way to cast overseas absentee ballots. Voting methods for the remainder of the country would remain the same.

Absentee ballot turnout for the May 2013 election was only 15.35 per cent, compared to 26 per cent in 2010. There are 737,759 registered Filipinos living abroad.

Commission on Elections chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. believes that internet voting could increase absentee ballot turnout by 60 to 70 per cent.

Is online voting being considered where you live? Let us know!


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Victoria Day

May 17th, 2013 by Dan Allan

Monday is Victoria Day!

Named after Queen Victoria, the holiday is also known as the Sovereign’s Birthday and celebrates the birthday of Queen Victoria and the current reigning monarch, regardless of their actual date of birth.

Canada has had six monarchs since Confederation:

  • Queen Victoria: born May 24, 1819; ruled from 1837 to 1901.
  • Edward VII: born November 9, 1841; ruled from 1901 to 1910.
  • George V: born June 3, 1865; ruled from 1910 to 1936.
  • Edward VIII: born June 23, 1894; ruled from January to December 1936.
  • George VI: born December 14, 1895; ruled from 1936 to 1952.
  • Elizabeth II: born April 21, 1926; began her reign in 1952.

Canada is a constitutional monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II, the current monarch, is Canada’s head of state. The Queen is currently represented in Canada by Governor General David Johnston and ten provincial lieutenant governors.

Victoria was the Queen of the United Kingdom from 1837 until her death in 1901. Queen Victoria presided over many historic developments, including Canada’s Confederation in 1867. Victoria was known by many as “the Mother of Confederation.”

Victoria’s birthday was declared a holiday by the Legislature of the Province of Canada in 1845. After Confederation, the Queen’s birthday was celebrated annually on May 24 (unless that date was a Sunday).

After Victoria’s death in 1901, the Parliament of Canada passed an act to establish a legal holiday on May 24 called Victoria Day. Victoria Day has been observed on the first Monday before May 25 since 1952.


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An Update on Online Voting (Part Two)

April 30th, 2013 by Dan Allan

We have previously written about the debate over online voting in municipalities across Canada. Cities like Sudbury and Cambridge will be able to vote online during their next municipal elections. Edmonton and St. Albert have rejected online voting. Waterloo is still investigating how online voting could be implemented.

Here’s a rundown of some recent online voting news:

East Gwillimbury, ON

East Gwillimbury, Ontario is exploring whether online voting could help improve their voter turnout. City council is currently investigating whether phone and internet voting should be added in time for next year’s municipal election. Only 37 per cent of eligible voters cast ballots in the 2010 election.

Wasaga Beach, ON

Wasaga Beach, Ontario is also considering whether to implement internet and phone voting for the next municipal election. Online and phone voting would replace the touch screen voting terminals used in the last two elections, if approved by council. Only 27 per cent of voters cast ballots in 2010. 31 per cent of voters cast ballots in 2006.

Wasaga Beach had problems with long lines at polling stations on election day in 2010, and town clerk Twlya Nicholson believes that internet voting could help solve these issues in the future. Voters would be mailed a pin number they would use to cast their ballot online. Traditional voting stations would still be made available.

Vaughan, ON

The city council in Vaughan, Ontario is currently debating whether online voting could be considered for future elections. Online voting would be used in next year’s elections, and there are concern over the cost of implementing an online voting system and whether it would crash if a large number of electors tried to access the system at one time. Alternatively, council has also discussed spreading election day over multiple days, to ease congestion at polling stations and making voting more convenient.

Huntsville, ON

Huntsville, Ontario has decided to “scrap” the electronic voting system used during the 2010 municipal election due to concerns over hacking. During the last election, the server used by the voting system was “overburdened,” preventing some voters from casting ballots. Huntsville will return to using traditional paper ballots.

Calgary, AB

Calgary, Alberta won’t be voting online this October, but the idea is receiving “growing attention” at city hall. There are still concerns over voter fraud and coercion, but returning officer Barb Clifford thinks that “the technology and the security has taken some major leaps forward.”


The government of Alberta has withdrawn its support from the idea of online voting. Edmonton, St. Albert, Airdrie and Strathcona County had been considering online voting, but Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths announced that they would not financially support online voting. Griffiths is unsure about the reliability of the voting technology.

Strathcona County is still considering a mock election this fall where high school students will test the system.


Postmedia News reported that budget cuts at Elections Canada have “pushed a pilot project on Internet voting off the agenda indefinitely.” According to the article, Elections Canada had hoped to introduce online voting for by-elections beginning in 2013 in an attempt to see if it would increase turnout.

Federal Liberal Leadership

Justin Trudeau was selected as the leader of the federal Liberal party on April 14. The leadership vote took place online and by phone between April 7 and April 14 using a preferential ballot. 104,552 ballots were cast from all 308 federal electoral districts. The process was initially complicated by more than 1,000 voters who could not get the system to accept their date of birth.


Not directly related to online voting, but still worth noting:

A Latvian website has been created that allows citizens to provide input on the legislation considered by their Parliament.  ManaBalss, which translates to “My Voice,” allows citizens to propose initiatives and submit petitions. Any initiative that gathers 10,000 signatures must be taken up by Parliament.

The website allows signatures to be gathered online, where they are verified using similar technology to online banking. Two ideas proposed on the site have already become law, and two are currently being debated.

Is online voting being considered where you live? Let us know!


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Visit 5 of Canada’s Most Beautiful Political Landmarks (Without Leaving Your Couch)

April 19th, 2013 by Kate Fane



On April 9th, Google Canada brought its special panoramic camera to Parliament Hill, promising a virtual tour of the historic buildings for viewers around the world. While the results haven’t been uploaded yet, it won’t be long before online visitors have access to the House of Commons, the Senate, the Library of Parliament, the Hall of Honour and even Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office.

In honour of this exciting development, we’ve put together a list of five other important Canadian political sites you can tour with a simple click of the mouse. 

British Columbia Parliament Buildings. Victoria, BC


If you ever need a push to start your next project, just think of Francis Rattenbury: soon after immigrating to Canada from England, he won a contest to design the British Columbia Parliament Buildings when he was just 25 years old. Originally budgeted at $500,000, the final bill for construction was $923,000, a pretty serious amount of money back in 1898. It was well worth the cost though, as the Parliament Buildings were recently listed as one of the 11 most beautiful government buildings in the world.

Hôtel du Parlement. Quebec City, Quebec


Just outside the walls of Old Quebec sits the beautiful home of the home of the province’s parliament. Designed by architect Eugène-Étienne Taché, the building took seven years from 1877 to 1886 to be fully completed and features a 171-foot tall tower. When taking your Google tour, be sure to look closely at the building’s façade: it features an intricate pantheon representing significant events and people of the history of Quebec. In 1985, the complex of parliamentary building was declared a Site historique national (“National Historic Site of Quebec”). To date this is the only such site in Quebec.

Province House. Halifax, NS


Halifax’s Province House has got some serious history. It’s so old that even Charles Dickens himself paid a visit, proclaiming it a “a gem of Georgian architecture.” The Nova Scotia Legislature calls this building home, and has met every year since 1819, making it the longest serving legislative building in Canada. Province House is also Canada’s oldest house of government, as well as a National Historic Site. If you’re able to ever make it down in person, free guided tours of the building are offered, and they’re chock full of interesting tidbits. And for more information about Province House, check out CIVIX team member Katie’s post about her recent visit. 

Manning Centre. Calgary, AB


In January of this year, former Reform Party leader Preston Manning launched the new Manning Centre in Calgary as a training facility for those who subscribe to conservative values. Manning initially started the project in 2005 to provide assistance and education to anyone involved in a Canadian Conservative campaign, including candidates, volunteers, campaign managers and staff. Manning has admitted that he’d love for the swanky new space to become a tourist attraction in the city, and thus, he’s allowed Google Street View the full insider tour already.

Hôtel de Ville de Montréal. Montreal, Quebec


Montreal’s City Hall has had a rocky history: built in 1878, the building was completely gutted by a fire in March of 1922, leaving only the outer wall and destroying many of the city’s historic records. A complete remodel was required, as well as a new copper roof.

In 1967, City Hall was the site of Charles de Gaulle’s infamous Vive le Québec libre! (“Long live free Quebec!”) speech during Expo 67. Considered a serious breach of diplomacy, de Gaulle’s speech had major repercussions in Canadian and French politics. 

 And last, but not least, the CIVIX office on 639  Queen Street. 


It won’t be long before Google Street View catches the team doing our daily push-up regime.

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The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Institute on Parliamentary Democracy

April 14th, 2013 by CIVIX

I love waking up in Saskatchewan.

My first memory upon waking was sitting with the Speaker of the Legislature and six teachers for two hours last night speaking of everything from the founding of the Saskatchewan Party (of which Mr. D’Autremont was one of the original eight) to the purchase power of Ontario’s LCBO.

It’s not like I cruise into Regina and call up Mr. Speaker and invite him for drinks.  At least not yet. I’m here because I was invited to be a part of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Institute on Parliamentary Democracy (SSTI) and I am loving every minute of it.

These things are not new to me, but the difference here is that I am attending the whole Institute rather than just popping in for a 45 minute session. It is so awesome.

My team will appreciate how difficult it is for me to sit through anything, let alone something that is so similar to school. But it is not like school at all. At least not for me. And that is because everything we are learning and studying and debating is all about our politics, our democracy and how we educate and engage young people to be committed citizens, which is the most interesting stuff in this world.

If we want better politics, a stronger and more robust democracy and I will happily and firmly argue a better future, then we need our young people and in turn all citizens engaged. I think we do that through knowledge (yes, it is that simple to me) and we do that by creating engaged teachers that engage their students.

The SSTI is doing that effectively. Yesterday, Day 1, brought a group of 21 teachers from all over the province to get started on an agenda that will take up five days and surely leave everyone completely exhausted and totally inspired.

Day 1 offered our first introduction to the Saskatchewan legislature with a tour by the legislative staff and eventually a chance to sit in the seats used by the MLAs and engage in a private meeting with The Speaker. I have to say that the poor opposition here must feel somewhat lonely on the other side of the house with only nine seats. The legislature itself rivals any other legislative building in Canada and I would suggest may be more beautiful than our House of Commons. That’s just my opinion and much of that has to do with its setting.

Following our session we returned to our hotel to review the curriculum through a presentation by the Ministry of Education. Most interesting is that their ROVER curriculum system is now available to all teachers and students in the province on the web and accessible from anywhere. This is a new change that only came in December.

We then returned to the legislature again, this time for a special catered dinner in the rotunda hosted by the Speaker and with special guests, the Ombudsman and Children and Youth Advocate and others.

So what is my favourite part so far? The people.

I love meeting people from different parts of our country. I won’t try to explain it through words as it would ruin the attempt, but there is something that makes us all Canadian no matter whether we are from Kelvington or Christie and St. Clair. It’s like we reek of Canadian-ness. I love it so much.

A couple of shout outs: thank you, Cori for inviting me to be a part of this. I sincerely appreciate it. Brent, thanks for being a long-time friend and confidante to me and this work. Mr. Speaker, thank you for a wonderful conversation last night. I’m keen to see you tomorrow night at the LG’s party.

And personally important: thank you Shae at Crossfit Regina for letting me drop in yesterday for an absolute grilling through wall balls, handstand push ups and power cleans. That was the BEST way to start this trip.                        


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Student Budget Consultation Results

March 19th, 2013 by Dan Allan

For the very first time, high school students had the opportunity to advise Canada’s Minister of Finance, on the federal budget through the Student Budget Consultation.  More than 4,000 students took part from across the country.

Last Thursday, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty was briefed on the Student Budget Consultation results at at his office in Ottawa.  Flaherty expressed his thanks to CIVIX for conducting a “terrific consultation,” and noted the “very interesting results.”

Minister Flaherty meeting with students.

“One of the primary concerns is balancing budgets, reducing deficits and so on, which is dear to my heart,” said Flaherty. Flaherty expects that this will be a project that will “continue from year to year.”

At the event, Minister Flaherty announced that the 2013-2014 federal budget would be tabled on March 21st. It will be interesting to see how recommendations from the students will be incorporated.

Minister Flaherty receiving the Student Budget Consultation report.

You can watch the entire press conference here.


Global News has created the Grading the Budget page to share results from the Student Budget Consultation. Nine articles have been published so far, and segments appeared on Global National and other local newscasts on Monday evening.

Grading the Budget

The articles discuss many of the Student Budget Consultation findings, including:

You can view the complete results here. Click here for an infographic of the results highlights.


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