Weekly Round-Up: April 25, 2014

April 25th, 2014 by Dan Allan

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

Quebec cabinet sworn in

Philippe Couillard was sworn in as Quebec premier on Wednesday and unveiled his 26-member cabinet. Couillard and the Quebec Liberal Party won a majority government in the April 7th provincial election.

Remembering Herb Gray

Herb Gray, a former deputy prime minister and Canada’s third longest-serving parliamentarian, died this week at the age of 82. Gray was first elected to the House of Commons in 1962 and was re-elected twelve times until his retirement in 2002. Gray also served as the Leader of the Opposition in 1990.

Leadership races

MP André Bellavance has launched a bid for the Bloc Québécois party leadership. Bellavance will be acclaimed as leader if no other candidate comes forward before May 7.

Frank Coleman is “poised” to become the next Newfoundland and Labrador premier. Coleman is the only candidate remaining in the NL Progressive Conservative leadership race: Bill Barry dropped out and Wayne Bennett was disqualified. The leadership convention is scheduled for July 5.

Dan Brooks recently defeated Rick Peterson to become the new leader of the BC Conservative Party. The party did not win any seats in last year’s provincial election under then-leader John Cummins.

Opportunities for youth

We noted some great upcoming opportunities for educators in the last edition of the ‘Weekly Round-Up.’ This week we are pleased to share some great opportunities for youth.

Want to work at Queen’s Park? Applications are now being accepted for the Ontario Legislative Page Program. This is a great opportunity for Grade 7 or 8 students. Our own Katie Reidel served as a Page in 1999!

Registrations for the Forum for Young Albertans will be accepted until April 30th. Forum for Young Albertans provides high school students with speaker presentations, group discussions, tours and formal activities to learn all about Alberta politics.

What we’ve been up to

We are very excited to welcome Vicky Mochama to the CIVIX team as a Campaign Communications Assistant! You can learn a bit more about Vicky in her New Staff Profile. We are also hiring Campaign Distribution Workers for the next Ontario provincial election.

We coordinated six Rep Day school visits this week, including three with Palliser MP Ray Boughen. Rep Day connects Members of Parliament with high school students for a dialogue on current political issues. You can view our map of all 85 Rep Day visits here.

Our Olivia Dorey travelled to Winnipeg to join Speaker Andrew Scheer at his first parliamentary outreach event two weeks ago. Olivia recaps a ‘blitz’ of school visits and some great student questions in ‘Olivia on the Road.’

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

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