Weekly Round-Up: April 10, 2015

April 10th, 2015 by Dan Allan

Election dates

After months of speculation, Prince Edward Island Premier Wade MacLauchlan and Alberta Premier Jim Prentice visited their respective lieutenant governors and asked for provincial election calls. PEI will head to the polls on Monday, May 4 and Alberta will follow on Tuesday, May 5.

Who’s running in your riding? Dave Cournoyer has put together a handy Twitter list of Alberta election candidates, and The Guardian has a great interactive map showing PEI candidates. Elementary and high school students in both provinces will have an opportunity to cast ballots for their local candidates through our Student Vote program. Educators can register now.

Other election news

The recent election news has not been limited to just Alberta and PEI. In Nova Scotia, Premier Stephen McNeil rejected a recommendation to implement fixed-election dates, despite a previous promise otherwise. Nova Scotia is currently the only province without fixed election date legislation.

The Northwest Territories election date was officially moved last week to avoid an overlap with the upcoming federal election. The territory was initially set to cast ballots on October 5, just two weeks before the federal vote. NWT voters will now head to the polls on November 23.

Retirements and resignations

On Good Friday, federal cabinet ministers Shelly Glover and Christian Paradis announced that they would not run for re-election this fall. Both will remain in cabinet and stay on as MPs until the election.

The federal Conservative caucus also lost Nanaimo-Alberni MP James Lunney, who resigned to defend his religious beliefs.

Veteran Nova Scotia NDP MLAs Gordie Gosse and Frank Corbett announced last week that they would be leaving politics immediately.

The Ontario PC leadership race is down to just two candidates as Monte McNaughton dropped out and threw his support to Patrick Brown. The party’s new leader will be chosen in May.

The federal budget

Finance Minister Joe Oliver will table the federal budget on April 21, and legislation to ensure balanced budgets will follow shortly thereafter.

For the third year in a row, our Student Budget Consultation program allowed Canadian high school students to share their input on the federal budget. More than 5,500 students representing every province and territory took part this year, and a group of participating students from Brampton and Ottawa discussed the preliminary results with Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson yesterday. Stay tuned for the full results next week!

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

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