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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