Weekly Round-Up: December 5, 2014

December 5th, 2014 by Dan Allan

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

The 2015 Student Budget Consultation

The 2015 Student Budget Consultation is underway! We’ve gathered some of Canada’s most notable politicians for this year’s project, including Finance Minister Joe Oliver and party leaders Thomas Mulcair, Justin Trudeau and Elizabeth May, as well as representatives from several major national stakeholder organizations. You can watch the ‘Introduction’ video here:

The Student Budget Consultation is a civic education and financial literacy program for Canadian high school students. The process gives youth an opportunity to learn about government and public policy, debate varying viewpoints and offer their own opinion on the priorities of the federal budget. Nearly 200 schools have already signed up from across Canada and there is still time for educators to register their classes.

Leadership changes

Former governor general Michaëlle Jean has been named the first woman leader of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie. La Francophonie is an international organization representing countries and regions where French is the first or customary language; Canada, Quebec and New Brunswick are members.

Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May announced the appointment of Daniel Green as the party’s second deputy leader.

The Everyday Political Citizen

The winners of Samara’s Everyday Political Citizen were announced this week. Halifax high school teacher (and Student Vote Team Leader!) Tim Halman won the top prize, while 11-year-old Nessa Deans won the youth award. CIVIX President Taylor Gunn served as a juror.

Leadership races

A new poll suggests that Christine Elliot is the “overwhelming favourite” in the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race.

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger has a “potential rival” in the upcoming NDP leadership contest as MLA Theresa Oswald is considering a run. Oswald is one of five MLAs who resigned from cabinet last month.

Prince Edward Island’s Liberal and Progressive Conservative parties are both in midst of leadership races and they both began to “take shape” as potential candidates are beginning to come forward.

Family feud

Voters in Elgin-Middlesex-London could have to choose between two members of the same family during the next federal election. Lori Baldwin-Sands has been acclaimed as the Liberal candidate and her daughter, Catharine Sloan, is running for the Conservative nomination.

New Ontario municipal governments sworn in

Ontario’s new mayors and councillors were sworn in this week, just more than a month after the municipal elections. Take a look back at the Student Vote results to see who elementary and secondary students would have elected where you live.

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

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