Weekly Round-Up: August 29, 2014

August 29th, 2014 by Dan Allan

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

Elections and by-elections

The New Brunswick election campaign is in full swing. The top election issues are reportedly jobs and seniors, voting machines will be used for the first time and the major parties have a minority of women candidates.

Liberal candidate Scott Reid won the provincial by-election for Newfoundland and Labrador’s St. George’s-Stephenville East riding. The seat was previously held by PC MHA Joan Shea.

Resignations and retirements

The Bloc Québécois are in the news for the third straight week. The party is down to just two MPs as former leadership candidate André Bellavance quit the party to sit as an independent.

Bellavance won’t be running again in the next election, and the Globe and Mail reports that 18 Conservative MPs won’t be seeking re-election either.

Legislature news

The Alberta PCs have held a majority government at the Alberta legislature since 1971, and the party is now the longest-serving government in Canadian history. The ‘Tory Dynasty’ will select its seventh premier next month.

The fall sitting of the Nova Scotia legislature will begin on September 25 with a speech from the throne. Our blog has the latest details on when other legislatures are returning to work across the country.

What we’ve been up to

We were very excited to take part in a Canadian Heritage funding announcement on Monday morning. Minister Shelly Glover and MP Ted Opitz announced the department’s support for Student Vote and the Student Budget Consultation. We posted some photos from the event on our Facebook page.

We have partnered again with Elections Canada for next month’s Canada’s Democracy Week. We’ll be scheduling several Rep Day MP classroom visits during the week and taking part in an event on ‘The ABCS of Teaching Democracy.’

The Ontario municipal and school board elections are less than two months away and educators should be sure to register their class now to receive our free election resources. You can also visit our Current Projects page for more on what we’ve got planned for this school year.

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

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