Weekly Round-Up: February 14, 2014

February 14th, 2014 by Dan Allan

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

The 2014 Budget & Student Budget Consultation results

The 2014 federal budget was delivered in the House of Commons on Tuesday by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. There will be a $2.9 billion deficit this year, and next year’s surplus is projected to be $6.4 billion.

On Monday, we released the results of the 2014 Student Budget Consultation survey. Nearly 5,000 high schools students took part from across Canada and the results were featured in The Huffington Post, Power and Politics, and The Lang & O’Leary Exchange. Two student participants from Ursula Franklin Academy were interviewed on Power Play and Metro Morning.

What would the students who took part in this year’s think of the 2014 budget? We compared some of the survey results with provisions from the budget.

By-election breakdown

Two Ontario ridings went to the polls for by-elections yesterday. PC candidate Gila Martow was elected in Thornhill and NDP candidate Wayne Gates was elected in Niagara Falls. Visit the Elections Ontario website for complete results.

Nunavut’s Rankin Inlet South riding held a by-election on Monday to break the tie from the October territorial election. Alexander Sammurtok and Lorne Kusugak ran again, with Sammurtok winning by 43 votes.

Provincial Round-Up

The Yukon Liberal Party has officially chosen a new leader! Sandy Silver was acclaimed as leader on Sunday; Silver has been the interim leader since August 2012. Silver’s Liberals hold only one seat in the Yukon Legislative Assembly.

The Quebec and British Columbia legislatures returned to work this week. Quebec is still in the midst of intense election speculation, and Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon’s Throne Speech kicked off a new session at the BC legislature. The Ontario legislature returns on Tuesday for the Second Session of the 40th Parliament.

The week ahead

Monday is Family Day in Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan, Islander Day in PEI and Louis Riel Day in Manitoba. Learn more about these February holidays in our blog.

Interested in fellowships, internships or political jobs? Samara has compiled a great list of current opportunities.

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

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