Weekly Round-Up: April 11, 2014

April 11th, 2014 by Dan Allan

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

Remembering Jim Flaherty

We were very saddened to learn of former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty‘s passing yesterday. We worked closely with Flaherty during the 2013 and 2014 Student Budget Consultation programs where he appeared in a series of educational videos on the federal budget and consulted with students on the survey results. Our sincere condolences go to his family.

Minister Flaherty receiving the Student Budget Consultation report.

Elections and by-elections

The Quebec Liberal Party won a majority government in Monday’s provincial election. The Liberals won 70 seats, the Parti Québécois won 30, the Coalition avenir Québec won 22 and the Québec solidaire won 3. Liberal leader Philippe Couillard becomes the province’s new premier. PQ leader and former premier Pauline Marois lost her Charlevoix-Côte-de-Beaupré seat; she has announced that she will step down.

Approximately 70,000 students between the ages of 12 and 17 took part in Électeurs en herbe’s parallel election program. Quebec youth also elected a Liberal government with 35 per cent of the popular vote.

The provincial by-election to replace former premier Kathy Dunderdale was held on April 9th in Virginia Waters. Liberal candidate Cathy Bennett won the by-election by only 40 votes, defeating PC candidate Danny Breen and NDP candidate Sheilagh O’Leary.

Leadership races

The BC Conservative Party leadership convention begins today in Richmond. Rick Peterson and Dan Brooks are running for the party’s top job. Former leader John Cummins announced his resignation in July.

The BC NDP leadership still only has one candidate. Mike Farnworth dropped out of the race on Tuesday and threw his support to John Horgan. Nominations close on May 1st and the new leader will be elected on September 28th.

The Alberta PC leadership race may soon have its first candidate. Ken Hughes stepped down as municipal affairs minister this week and more details on his “potential leadership bid will be released in the coming days.”

Teachers Institutes on Parliamentary Democracy

We took part in the 16th annual Saskatchewan Teachers’ Institute on Parliamentary Democracy (SSTI) this week in Regina. We highly recommend the SSTI and other Teachers Institutes on Parliamentary Democracy held at provincial legislatures across the country and in Ottawa.

The deadline to apply for the Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy has been extended to April 30th. Held each November, the Teachers Institute is a great professional development opportunity for approximately 70 educators from across Canada.

What we’re up to

CIVIX President Taylor Gunn testified at the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs (LCJC) on April 9th. You can view a recording of the meeting here.

We have four Rep Day visits scheduled for next week! Rep Day is a civic education initiative that connects Members of Parliament with high school students for a dialogue on current political issues. You can view an interactive map of all Rep Day visits here.

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

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