Weekly Round-Up: August 14, 2015

August 14th, 2015 by Dan Allan

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

Federal election update

Week two of the 2015 federal election campaign is nearly over and just over two months remain until election day. The race is “gridlocked,” according to one recent poll, and attack ads are set to become more and more common.

Last week’s’ debate reportedly drew less viewers than 2011 but still managed to reach more than 4 million Canadians through television and online broadcasts. The conversation shifted this week to future leader’s debates, and an agreement was reached between the parties that will allow four more to take place: one English, one bilingual and two French.

Kids react to the leaders’ debate

Speaking of leaders’ debates, our team gathered a group of high school students participating in this year’s Student Vote program to watch the debate, discuss what they saw and share their reactions to each leader.

We assembled a few of the highlights into our new video, which you can watch here (and read about on the Maclean’s website):

By-election races

Provincial by-election campaigns continue in Ontario and Alberta. The Calgary Foothills by-election is seen as both “a test” and “a barometer” for Alberta’s new NDP government. Parties have nominated candidates and the “scorecard is nearly filled.”

The race is “heating up” in Simcoe North and the majority of candidates have now been named. Most notably, party leader Patrick Brown will represent the Progressive Conservatives in his bid to win a seat at Queen’s Park. Both ridings head to the polls on September 3.

Resignations and nominations

More provincial by-elections could be on the horizon. In British Columbia, three provincial seats could be left vacant as provincial MLAs seek federal party nominations, including former Finance Minister Doug Horne.

In Manitoba, former cabinet member Peter Bjornson resigned his legislature seat in Gimli. The moves comes just eight months before the next provincial election, currently scheduled for April 19.

Engaging youth in the election

Our federal Student Vote program is being delivered in partnership with Elections Canada, and nearly 3,200 schools have already registered from ridings across the country. Educators sign up here to receive free election resources.

Elections Canada has also launched a new program aimed at making voting easier for post-secondary students who want to vote in their home ridings by setting up offices on 40 college and university campuses across the country. 

For ongoing updates, follow us on Twitter at @CIVIX_Canada and like our Facebook page.

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