Weekly Round-Up: December 12, 2014

December 12th, 2014 by Dan Allan

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

The AFN’s new national chief

The Assembly of First Nations has a new national chief. It took just one round of voting for Saskatchewan’s Perry Bellegarde to win with more than 60 per cent of ballots cast.

The AFN’s top job had been vacant since Shawn Atleo resigned in May. Bellegarde finished second to Atleo at the 2009 AFN leadership vote.

Party leadership races

Does Greg Selinger have an unfair advantage in the upcoming NDP leadership vote? In a decision under fire from critics, party delegates voted to allow the premier to stay on for the duration of the race.

The PEI Progressive Conservative leadership race has its first two candidates as James Aylward and Darlene Compton have announced that they will run. The new leader will be selected on February 28, 2015.

The Ontario Progressive Conservatives and the Parti Québécois are also in the midst of leadership races. Éric Grenier from ThreeHundredEight.com has ranked the endorsements each candidate has received so far.

The New Brunswick NDP leadership race has ended before it got a chance to start. Dominic Cardy will stay on as leader after the party’s executive rejected his letter of resignation.

Analyzing MP websites

Did you know that 77 per cent of Members of Parliament websites provide details on how they spend their office budget? And that less than one-quarter of MPs share a policy about how they collect and store an individual’s personal information, like email addresses?

Our friends at Samara analyzed 299 MP websites to see if they were taking advantage of the opportunity to share information and engage their constituents online. Visit their website for more information, including a cool infographic on their findings.

Opportunities for youth

Are you Canadian, bilingual and a university student? You can apply now for the Parliamentary Guides summer program.

Want to take your class to the Ontario legislature? You can make a reservation now.

What we’ve been up to

Members of Parliament are headed home this week for the holidays, but many of them will be stopping in at local high schools. We’ve scheduled more than 15 MP classroom visits across the country over the next week. You can learn more about our Rep Day program here.

Several of these Rep Days are linked to our Student Budget Consultation program. The 2015 SBC is in full swing and there’s still time for Canadian youth can give their input on next year’s budget after learning about government and public policy and viewing videos from Joe Oliver, Thomas Mulcair, Justin Trudeau, Elizabeth May and Andrew Saxton. Educators can sign up here.

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

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