Weekly Round-Up: June 26, 2015

June 26th, 2015 by Dan Allan

Each Friday, CIVIX provides a digest of the major events in Canadian politics.

Federal election fever

The House of Commons has now officially adjourned for the summer, and Members of Parliament have returned to their home ridings to prepare for an election that could be the most exciting ever.

In total, there will be 30 additional ridings up for grabs, and 59 incumbent MPs will not run for re-election.

If you need to freshen up on the key issues, the Toronto Star has compiled highlights from each of the major party platforms. You can also look at the latest polls, and consider how they could be improved.

Getting Canada Ready to Vote

This year, Canada’s Democracy Week will fall smack dab in the middle of the federal election campaign. This year’s theme is “Let’s Get Canada Ready to Vote.”

With changes coming to voter ID requirements, the Elections Canada-run event will give Canadians tools to start making their plan to vote by identifying where, when and the ways that they can register and ultimately vote this fall.

Premier popularity

Did you know that no one provincial premier is beloved by more than two-thirds of their constituents, and only two of the nine breaks the 50 per cent approval mark?

Angus Reid Institute’s quarterly survey of premier popularity was released Monday: Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall continues to top the list while Manitoba’s Greg Selinger is alone the bottom. Find out where your premier ranks here.

Everyday Political Citizens

The fine people at Samara have launched the 2015 incarnation of their Everyday Political Citizen contest. You can meet the jury, and even nominate someone you know who is making a difference.

Blog bonanza

We often post our own blogs, but we much prefer to read post written by our own teachers and students. This week, BC teacher Dayna Hart reflected on her positive Democracy Bootcamp experience, 17-year-old Student Budget Consultation participant Brandon Vézina continues to chronicle his reaction to the results and a blog written by a Student Vote participant in PEI spurred a response from Green Party leader Peter Bevan-Baker.

Most notably, Devonshire Public School wrote a blog for us on the pre-election Student Vote candidates meeting they held last week with NDP MP Paul Dewar, Conservative Damian Konstantinakos and Liberal Catherine McKenna. Read the full post here.

What we’ve been up to

Speaking of the Student Vote program, more than 2,500 schools have already registered for this fall’s federal program from nearly 320 ridings across the country. There’s still time for educators to sign up here.

On Tuesday, our Emily Barrette appeared on CBC’s Ontario Today to discuss civic education and the role of democracy at school. You can listen to the episode here.

For ongoing updates, follow us on Twitter at @CIVIX_Canada.

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Weekly Round-Up: June 19, 2015

June 19th, 2015 by Dan Allan

Each Friday, CIVIX provides a digest of the major events in Canadian politics.

Federal election frenzy

The 42nd Canadian federal election is exactly four months away. The House of Commons will rise for the summer today and the parties have already made the “shift into full campaign mode.”

The Conservative, NDP and Liberal leaders all made policy announcements this week, and also found time to meet with U2’s frontman about development assistance and foreign aid. Bono attended question period and was given a standing ovation by MPs.

In other federal election news, Maclean’s announced that they would host the campaign’s first leaders’ debate on August 6, featuring Stephen Harper, Thomas Mulcair, Justin Trudeau and Elizabeth May. Elections Canada, our partner for the federal Student Vote, is warning voters to be prepared for new ID requirements this fall – make sure to get your paperwork done before October 19!

Electoral reform rundown

On Tuesday, the federal Liberal Party proposed 32 electoral reform measures that would come to pass if they were elected. What are the options for electoral reform in Canada? Global News has put together a great breakdown, and the Canadian Press details the “pros and cons of first past the post.”

Senate reform has also been in the news lately, and opinions on what to do with the Red Chamber differ greatly. Where do the provinces stand? Maclean’s has assembled the views of all ten.

Elections and by-elections

Following the federal vote, Newfoundland and Labrador and the Northwest Territories will both hold elections this November. The first NL leaders’ debate took place last week, and Elections NWT is profiling Returning Officers on their Facebook page.

In Nova Scotia, Premier Stephen McNeil announced that three provincial by-elections would take place on July 14. The province also amended their Elections Act, allowing candidates to collect a salary without it counting as an illegal campaign contribution.

Retirements and recalls

Conservative MPs James Rajotte and Leon Benoit announced this week that they would not be running for re-election. Rajotte has represented Edmonton as an MP since 2000, and Benoit has served in the House since 1993.

In British Columbia, a recall petition against Burnaby North MLA Richard T. Lee was not been submitted after campaign organizers failed to get enough signatures in the required 60-day timeframe. Recall legislation directed at Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Marc Dalton was cancelled in Maple Ridge-Mission last month.

Legislature lowdown

A Speech from the Throne opened a new session of the Alberta legislature on Monday. If you missed, you can read and watch Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell’s speech here. The province’s 70 new MLAs took part in their first question period Tuesday, and there were a few “fumbles” due to inexperience.

The BC legislature could be recalled for an “unusual” summer session, there are calls in PEI for “more substance [and] less theatre” at Province House, and NWT MLA Michael Nadli will not lose his seat after an assault conviction.

For ongoing updates, follow us on Twitter at @CIVIX_Canada.

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Weekly Round-Up: June 12, 2015

June 12th, 2015 by Dan Allan

Each Friday, CIVIX provides a digest of the major events in Canadian politics.

Upcoming elections

A new poll indicates that the Conservatives, NDP and Liberals are in a “dead heat” with just four months remaining until the October 19 federal election. The results also show that nearly two thirds of respondents would support a coalition government should no one party win enough seats to form a majority.

Need help keeping track of the latest polls? The Toronto Star has released their federal poll tracker. Also of interest is The Hill Times’ list of incumbent MPs not running for re-election.

In other electoral news, the Newfoundland and Labrador provincial election has been set for November 30th to avoid a potential conflict with the federal vote. Boundaries will also be changing and the number of MHAs being elected will be 40, down from the current 48.

Party leaderships

The “Old kid on the Bloc” is back! Gilles Duceppe announced on Tuesday that he will return as Bloc Quebecois leader (replacing Mario Beaulieu) and his leadership was confirmed on Wednesday by the party executive. Duceppe had previously led the party from 1997 to 2011. How will Duceppe’s return “change the game”? Éric Grenier offers his insight here.

The Nova Scotia NDP have been without a leader since Darrell Dexter resigned following the 2013 election. There is now a three-way battle for the party’s top job: MLA Dave Wilson and former MLA Gary Burrill entered the race this week, joining MLA Lenore Zann. The new leader will be elected in February 2016.

Results recap

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard‘s Liberals won two provincial by-elections on Monday in the ridings of Jean-Talon and Chauveau. Full results are available on the Elections Quebec website. What do the results mean for politics in the province? The Montreal Gazette has a great explainer.

Voting ended for the Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite last month. Elections BC announced last week that the results would be released before the end of the month.

Legislature lowdown

In Prince Edward Island, “bringing decorum and civility” to the provincial legislature has been a “challenge” in the aftermath of last month’s election. For example, possible dates for the province’s finance minister to deliver the spring budget are being pushed back due to Opposition Leader Steven Myersunofficial filibustering of his Throne Speech reply.

In Alberta, Lois Mitchell will be installed as the 18th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta today at the legislature in Edmonton. Mitchell takes over from Donald Ethell, who held the post since 2010. Yesterday, Medicine Hat MLA Bob Wanner was selected by his peers as the legislature’s new Speaker and a Throne Speech will be read on Monday.

In Manitoba, MLAs reached an agreement to sit for a minimum 90 days per year, not counting time in committee and in their constituencies. This change makes Manitoba one of the longest-sitting legislatures in the country. The province heads to the polls in April 2016.

If you’re a history buff, we recommend this interesting recap of the century-long “capital quarrel” between Fredericton and Saint John that began in 1784 to see which city would host the provincial government. We know that Fredericton came out on top, but Saint John certainly put up a good fight.

For ongoing updates, follow us on Twitter at @CIVIX_Canada.

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Weekly Round-Up: June 5, 2015

June 5th, 2015 by Dan Allan

Each Friday, CIVIX provides a digest of the major events in Canadian politics.

Federal election excitement

June is here and the federal election is just four and half months away. The latest federal polls show a “tight three-way race” in what could be “the ‘mother’ of all elections.” Abacus Data reports that the campaign is “up for grabs” and the battle between the Conservatives, NDP and Liberals is still a toss up.

Want to get your class involved in the election? More than 1,700 schools from across the country have already registered for our federal Student Vote program. Educators can sign up here.

New MLAs sworn in

Believe it or not, it has now been a month since provincial elections in Alberta and Prince Edward Island. Alberta’s new MLAs were sworn in on Monday and took part in a mock legislature session. A judicial recount in Calgary-Glenmore confirmed the NDP’s slim six-vote victory; PC candidate Linda Johnson will not appeal.

In PEI, the legislature opened on Wednesday with a throne speech read by Lieutenant Governor Frank Lewis. The province also saw its second ever election for the role of speaker, and its first in 18 years. Buck Watts, the Liberal MLA for Tracadie-Hillsborough Park, was ultimately selected by his peers.

Resignations and retirements

It has been a busy week for retirements and resignations in the province of Nova Scotia! Last weekend John Percy announced that he was stepping down as leader of the Nova Scotia Green Party after six years at the party’s helm. A leadership convention will be held in the next six months.

Percy’s resignation came on the heels of the retirement last Friday of Peter MacKay, Canada’s justice minister and the MP for Central Nova since 1997. MacKay will stay on until the fall federal election, avoiding the need for a cabinet shuffle.

Legislature lowdown

Other legislatures are also in full swing, and the Nunavut and Northwest Territories legislatures returned to session last week for their spring sittings.

The Ontario legislature wrapped up yesterday, the British Columbia legislative session came to an end last week, while Manitoba MLAs “might be stuck at the legislature” past the scheduled end date of June 11.

Remembering Jacques Parizeau

Former Quebec Premier Jacques Parizeau died on Monday at the age of 84. Parizeau led the province from 1994 to 1996, and played an instrumental role in the 1995 Quebec referendum. A state funeral will be held for Parizeau next week, and flags across the province are flying at half mast.

Electoral changes

Ontario voters could head to the polls four months earlier than expected for the next provincial election. Premier Kathleen Wynne unveiled “sweeping” new electoral reforms that include moving the election date to a weekend or school holiday in June, imposing spending limits on third-party advertising, lowering the age of voter registration to sixteen and the addition of fifteen new ridings to match the new federal boundaries.

Big changes are coming at the municipal level as well. Last week, Municipal Affairs Minister Ted McMeekin officially launched a review of the Municipal Elections Act and is consulting Ontarians on how to let municipalities use ranked ballots in 2018. Some cities are taking things further: Sarnia is considering term limits for councillors and Penetanguishene has eliminated their ward system.

In the Quebec, the provincial government announced that it will end school board elections in favour of a new regional administration system. In Newfoundland and Labrador, Premier Paul Davis will table legislation to move the provincial election to the last week of November.

For ongoing updates, follow us on Twitter at @CIVIX_Canada.

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Weekly Round-Up: May 29, 2015

May 29th, 2015 by Dan Allan

Each Friday, CIVIX provides a digest of the major events in Canadian politics.

Election ads and leadership debates

The federal election is still scheduled for October, but “speculation is increasing” that the writ will be dropped in August to allow for an increase in spending limits. The Conservatives, NDP and Liberals released election ads on Monday, another sign that the “unofficial election campaign [is] underway.”

Discussions surround the leaders’ debates continue, and the parties are said to be “playing a game of chicken” regarding who will take part in which debates. A look back at the first televised leaders’ debate, held during the 1968 federal election, shows these events have always been a ‘headache’ to organize.

Alberta’s new government

A new chapter in Alberta politics began on Sunday when Rachel Notley and her NDP cabinet were sworn in before a crowd of thousands. Medicine Hat MLA Bob Wanner will reportedly be chosen as Speaker (in a move that has prompted criticism from the opposition) and Calgary-Bow MLA Deborah Drever will start her term as an independent after being suspended from the NDP caucus for questionable social media postings.

About 40 of the province’s rookie MLAs will take part in a ‘dry run’ of their new responsibilities during a mock legislature session hosted by outgoing Speaker Gene Zwozdesky on June 2. The Alberta NDP also won a majority government in our Student Vote ‘mock’ election earlier this month.

Recount recap

In other Alberta news, Calgary-Glenmore PC candidate Linda Johnson is seeking a judicial recount after an initial recount found that she lost to NDP rival Anam Kazim by just six votes.

In Prince Edward Island, a recount confirmed that PC leader Rob Lantz had lost his seat in District 13 to Liberal Jordan Brown. Lantz, however, will stay on as leader and named his shadow cabinet. The legislature returns on Wednesday with a Throne Speech.

Opportunities for youth

Are you an Alberta high school student? If so, you still have time to apply for the Page Program! Applications will be accepted until May 31. In Ontario, Grade 7 and 8 students can apply for the Legislative Page Program until June 15. We highly recommend both opportunities!

Elections Manitoba’s CitizenNext Video Challenge will launch in September “make the coming election year an opportunity for your students to zoom in on democracy.” Learn more here.

What we’ve been up to

Our Paul Anderson was in Warsaw, Poland to give a presentation on the Student Budget Consultation at the Working Group on Budget Literacy workshop, hosted by the World Bank’s resource team and PEMPAL. You can read Paul’s recap here.

Registration continues for our federal Student Vote program, and if you want to get a better idea of how the program works we release two new videos this week from last fall’s Ontario municipal election program. You can watch them both here.

For ongoing updates, follow us on Twitter at @CIVIX_Canada.

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Weekly Round-Up: May 22, 2015

May 22nd, 2015 by Dan Allan

Each Friday, CIVIX provides a digest of the major events in Canadian politics.

Election recounts (and a coin toss)

The old adage that ‘every vote counts’ came into play in PEI when Liberal candidate Alan McIsaac won his seat in a coin toss after a recount resulted in a tie. PC leader Rob Lantz is also seeking a recount after losing in his district by just 24 votes.

The Alberta NDP added to their seat count when the official election results showed that candidate Anam Kazim defeated PC candidate Linda Johnson by just 6 votes. If the two candidates were still tied after the recount, a by-election would have been called. How do other provinces decide electoral ties? Our blog explains.

Cabinet choices and contenders

PEI Premier Wade MacLauchlan named his nine-member cabinet on Wednesday morning and it included the coin-toss winning McIsaac, two newly elected members and two women. One of the new cabinet members, Tina Mundy, resigned from cabinet after just one day on the job due to a personal financial matter.

Alberta’s rooking MLAs are still “preparing for a whole new world,” and premier-elect Rachel Notley will soon announce her cabinet. The Globe and Mail has floated some possible contenders, and we’ll learn who makes the cut for sure when Notley and her eleven cabinet ministers are sworn in on Sunday.

Leadership race update

Media mogul and MNA Pierre Karl Péladeau was elected leader of the Parti Québécois on the first ballot, and in his first National Assembly address as leader he called for unity. Across the aisle, Premier Philippe Couillard has already accused PKP of wanting separation to be a major issue in the next election.

Obama joins Twitter

After six years of tweeting from the @WhiteHouse feed, United States President Barack Obama finally received his own Twitter account this week — @POTUS. The account will be passed on the next president, once Obama leaves the Oval Office. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (@pmharper) has been tweeting from his own account since 2007.

Federal election countdown

Less than five months remain until the federal election and, if you haven’t already, you can confirm your voter registration on the Elections Canada website. The Hill Times suggests that the House of Commons will adjourn for the summer of June 23rd, and may not return after the election until January 2016.

Want to get your school involved in this fall’s election? Registration for our federal Student Vote program is now open and educators can sign up here.

What else we’ve been up to

CIVIX European Bureau Chief Paul Anderson gave a presentation on the Student Budget Consultation in Warsaw, Poland earlier this week workshop organized by the World Bank. Paul gave a similar presentation in Moscow, Russia last month, and you can read his blog recap here.

Ten Members of Parliament visited classrooms across Canada this week as part of our Rep Day program. Learn more about the civic education initiative here.

For ongoing updates, follow us on Twitter at @CIVIX_Canada.

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Weekly Round-Up: May 15, 2015

May 15th, 2015 by Dan Allan

Each Friday, CIVIX provides a digest of the major events in Canadian politics.

Party leadership races

Barrie MP Patrick Brown won the Ontario PC leadership race on Saturday, defeating Whitby-Oshawa MPP Christine Elliott. Brown resigned his federal seat on Wednesday, but he has yet to comment on how or when he will secure a seat in the provincial legislature.

Brown made his first speech at Queen’s Park on Wednesday, following a ‘rare address’ by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard – the first such speech in fifty years.

In other Quebec news, the Parti Québécois leadership race is down to three candidates following the withdrawal of Pierre Cere. The vote is expected to be an “imminent coronation” for Pierre Karl Péladeau, and the results of the first round of voting will be announced this afternoon.

Election aftermath

It was ‘MLA 101’ at the Alberta legislature on Tuesday as Speaker Gene Zwozdesky walked the seventy newly-elected representatives through the ins and outs of legislature procedure and protocol. Rachel Notley may be sworn in as premier sooner than the rest of her caucus to aid with the government transition, Brian Jean held the first meeting with his Wildrose opposition caucus and Ric McIver was selected as the interim PC leader.

There have been suggestions that ex-Premier Jim Prentice should pay the estimated $250,000 cost for the by-election in his riding, and we’ll find out if another by-election is required when the results of the recount in Calgary-Glenmore are announced later today.

In Prince Edward Island, Rob Lantz announced that he would stay on as PC leader despite losing the election. The decision is “unprecedented,” according to political scientist Don Desserud, as Lantz failed to win even his own seat. PC candidate Mary Ellen McInnis has also filed for a judicial recount after losing in her riding by just two votes. And like their colleagues in Alberta, rookie MLAs received a “crash course” on the daily routine, rules, customs and practices of the provincial legislature.

Debate update

There could be big changes to leaders’ debates for this fall’s federal election. On Tuesday, the Conservative Party announced that Prime Minister Stephen Harper will not participate in debates run by the traditional consortium of broadcasters and will instead take part in as many as five independently organized debates.

Happy Victoria Day!

Monday is Victoria Day! Named after Queen Victoria, the holiday celebrates the birthday of all Canadian monarchs. Read our blog to learn more.

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Weekly Round-Up: May 8, 2015

May 8th, 2015 by Dan Allan

Each Friday, CIVIX provides a digest of the major events in Canadian politics.

Alberta’s historic provincial election

On Tuesday, Rachel Notley led the Alberta NDP to a majority government in the province’s 29th general election. The party takes power in the province for the first time and ends the 44-year Progressive Conservative dynasty. Alberta Party leader Greg Clark also made history by becoming his party’s first-ever elected MLA and the province saw its highest voter turnout in 22 years. Complete results are available here.

Almost identical to the actual results, more than 90,000 students elected an NDP majority government and a Wildrose opposition with the PCs finishing third. More students and schools than ever before, at any level of government in the province, participated in this year’s Student Vote. The results were featured on Global’s election night broadcast and covered by media across the province. You can watch video highlights from participating schools, explore our interactive results map and check out our Storify of the best won a third straight majority government for the Liberal Party. Green Party leader Peter Bevan-Baker won the party’s first-ever seat in the provincial legislature, and voter turnout rose to an impressive 85.9 per cent. Complete results are available here.

The Student Vote results differed from the actual election outcome, with PC leader Rob Lantz winning a minority government. However, we had our best-ever participation in the province as nearly 6,500 votes were reported from 42 schools representing 25 electoral districts.

By-elections and election speculation

Speculation regarding an early federal election has diminished slightly this week with news that federal by-elections had been called in the Ontario ridings of Ottawa West–Nepean, Peterborough and Sudbury. All three by-elections will take place on October 19th, the same date as the federal election. The by-elections will be superseded by the federal vote when it is eventually called.

Just days after a provincial election, it looks like by-elections will soon be in Alberta’s future. Jim Prentice resigned his Calgary-Foothills seat, and the tied riding of Calgary-Glenmore could also lead to a by-election if the result is not settled by a recount.

Leadership races

The Ontario PC will have a new leader tomorrow! The race comes down to MPP Christine Elliott and MP Patrick Brown.

The Parti Québécois held their final leadership debate this week, and a new leader will be chosen next weekend. Four candidates remain in the race.

The Alberta PC will also face an upcoming leadership race, after Prentice’s immediate resignation on Tuesday night.

For ongoing updates, follow us on Twitter at @CIVIX_Canada.

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Weekly Round-Up: May 1, 2015

May 1st, 2015 by Dan Allan

Each Friday, CIVIX provides a digest of the major events in Canadian politics.

E-Day approaches in PEI and Alberta

Provincial election campaigns come to an end next week when Prince Edward Island voters cast ballots on Monday and Alberta voters head to the polls on Tuesday.

If you haven’t been keeping up with the latest news, don’t worry. CBC has been tracking PEI party promises and the Edmonton Journal has a handy platform tracker. ThreeHundredEight.com has examined the latest polls and both provinces seem headed towards close finishes.

Looking for more information on next week’s provincial elections? Visit the Elections Prince Edward Island and Elections Alberta websites.

Monday is Student Vote Day                                             

Adults won’t be the only ones getting into the election spirit! We’re running Student Vote programs in Alberta and PEI and more schools have registered to participate than ever before.

To help students prepare, we released our ‘Party Leader Q&A’ videos this week. Students shared their questions on the key issues and we received responses from all the party leaders. PEI responses are available here and Alberta responses are available here.

Student Vote PEI results will be released at 7pm AST on Monday, and Student Vote Alberta results will be released at 8pm MT on Tuesday. Stay tuned!

Provincial budget breakdown

Newfoundland and Labrador’s budget was tabled yesterday with just months remaining before a provincial election. Speaking of which, electoral boundary changes are still under scrutiny.

Released just one day after a cabinet shuffle, Manitoba’s provincial budget was also tabled yesterday by finance minister Greg Dewar (who was of course wearing his customary new shoes).

Why do finance ministers wear a new pair of shoes on budget day? The National Post has a great explainer.

Kind words from one of our teachers

Last week, the Globe and Mail published an editorial titled “Dear young people: Not voting? No one cares”. We definitely disagree, and so do some of the many great educators we are lucky enough to work with.

In a letter to the editor, long-time Student Vote Team Leader and Democracy Bootcamp attendee Annette Kavanagh-Turner writes:

Led by an inspiring and dedicated team, Student Vote provides professional development and support to elementary and secondary-school teachers in order to engage students in the electoral process.

During elections on all levels of government, authentic ballots, ballot boxes, and resources are sent to every participating school so our future voters understand the fundamental responsibility of voting.

Learning why and how to vote in an informed manner is a life skill. Engaging our students now is vital. While there are many priorities on the educational radar, ensuring an inclusive democratic process surely should be viewed as critical for our future collective society.

Thank you, Annette. We could not do what we do without the support of our teachers.

For ongoing updates, follow us on Twitter at @CIVIX_Canada.

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Weekly Round-Up: April 24, 2015

April 24th, 2015 by Dan Allan

Each Friday, CIVIX provides a digest of the major events in Canadian politics.

Student Budget Consultation results

What did Canadian high school students want to see in Finance Minister Joe Oliver‘s first federal budget? More than 6,000 of them told us through the 2015 Student Budget Consultation, the results of which were released on Monday.

When asked how they would spend a budget surplus, more students allocated a larger percentage of the surplus towards paying down the federal debt than any other option. Students from Sandalwood Heights Secondary School in Brampton appeared on Cable 10 Live to discuss the findings and their experiences with the program. You can view the highlights here and the complete results here.

Provincial election update

Less than two weeks remain until provincial elections in Alberta and Prince Edward Island! The Alberta leaders’ debate was held last night, and PEI’s takes place on Monday. Alberta could be heading towards it’s first-ever minority government, and the results of a PEI poll will be released tomorrow.

More than 800 schools are taking part in our Student Vote Alberta program, and more than 40 schools have registered for Student Vote PEI. Check out The Guardian’s great article on “getting out the youth vote,” as well as our Alberta Teachers’ Association op-ed on why “students can and should be part of electoral process.”

By-elections and leadership races

Manitoba’s The Pas riding held a provincial by-election on Tuesday, and NDP candidate Amanda Lathlin becomes the province’s first-ever indigenous woman elected to the legislature. Visit the Elections Manitoba website for the complete results.

Only four candidates remain in the Parti Québécois leadership race as MNA Bernard Drainville dropped out to support front-runner Pierre Karl Péladeau. The leadership vote will be held on May 15. The Ontario PC leadership convention will be held on May 9.

Democracy Bootcamp

We gathered more than 200 Ontario educators in Toronto last week for Democracy Bootcamp! The two-day event was designed to improve the interest, knowledge and instructional capacity of teachers to teach democracy and citizenship in the lead-up to the 2015 federal election and the Student Vote program. Opening night photos are available here.

For ongoing updates, follow us on Twitter at @CIVIX_Canada.

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