Weekly Round-Up: August 1, 2014

August 1st, 2014 by Dan Allan

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

Pre-election excitement

The New Brunswick election campaign kicks off in less than a month! MLAs returned to the legislature for a “special” one-day session to vote on amendments to the Pension Benefits Act and took part in a “steamy” question period filled with “election rhetoric.” The New Brunswick Liberal Party is leading in the polls and have released their campaign slogan: “Moving New Brunswick Forward.” Check out our New Brunswick Election Preview for more info.

A new name for the civic holiday?

Monday is a public holiday in most Canadian provinces. This day is frequently referred to as the “civic holiday,” but many provinces and municipalities give it different names.  We blogged about many of them last year.

It’s just known as the civic holiday in Manitoba, but Premier Greg Selinger wants to rename the day after Terry Fox. Will other provinces follow suit?

Leadership race speculation

MPPs Lisa MacLeod and Vic Fedeli are reportedly considering Ontario PC leadership bids. A timeframe for the race has not yet been set by the party but is expected later this month. MP Lisa Raitt is still “tight-lipped” on whether or not she will run. So far, Christine Elliott is the only declared candidate. Jim Wilson currently leads the party on an interim basis.

Online voting update

Goodbye, ballot boxes! Leamington will become the first municipality in Ontario to offer internet voting only for this October’s municipal election. The town has offered vote by mail for the past four elections. Other Canadian municipalities have also considering making the switch to online voting; check out our blog series for more details.

Speaking of the Ontario municipal elections, we’re currently registering schools for the Student Vote program! Educators can sign up here.

What we’ve been up to

We hosted a consultation for twenty Ontario educators last week. It was a fun and rewarding experience, and you can check out some photos on our Facebook page.

Do you think you’d make a good fit for our team? Time is running out to apply for our three job opportunities!

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

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