Weekly Round-Up: January 10, 2014

January 10th, 2014 by Dan Allan

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

Will the budget be delivered in February?

The Globe and Mail reports that the 2014 federal budget could be delivered by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty as early as the week of February 10. The House of Commons returns on January 27.

Want to share your input on the budget? There’s still time for youth to take part in our Student Budget Consultation survey!

MPs love Twitter, but struggle with replies

A study from Full Duplex reveals that although Canadian MPs frequently tweet, they often neglect to reply to tweets from other users. Of the more than 176,000 tweets sent by MPs last year, only 34 per cent were retweets and just 14 per cent were replies.

Which MPs reply most often? Elizabeth May, Tony Clement and Bal Gosal top the list.

Canada’s new parliamentary poet laureate

Michel Pleau has been named Canada’s new parliamentary poet laureate. Pleau becomes the sixth person to hold the post and replaces Fred Wah, whose two-year term expired at the end of 2013. The position was created in 2001.

Looking for a sneak peek at Pleau’s first poem? I imagine it might start like this:

Liberals are red,
Tories are blue,
Elizabeth May is Green,
And the House carpet is too.

Sir John A. Macdonald Day

January 11th is Sir John A. Macdonald Day! Macdonald was Canada’s first prime minister and is a very important historical figure.

Want to impress your friends and family with some Sir John A. facts? Here’s a sampling from our Sir John A. Macdonald Day blog:

  • Macdonald was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1815.
  • Macdonald was our second-longest serving Prime Minister and led the country for a total of 19 years: from 1867 to 1873, and again from 1878 to 1891.
  • Macdonald remains the only prime minister to lie in state in the Senate chamber.

Election date update

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is getting “closer” to announcing by-elections in Thornhill and Niagara Falls, with February 13th being floated as a potential date by the Toronto Star.

The writ has dropped for Nunavut’s Rankin Inlet South by-election! The by-election is being held to settle the tie between Lorne Kusugak and Alexander Sammurtok from the October general election. The by-election is also open to other candidates.

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale “will look to move” the province’s 2015 election date, as it could intersect with the next federal election. PEI has already announced plans to do the same.

You may have missed it over the holidays, but Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger announced that the Morris and Arthur-Virden provincial by-elections would be held on January 28.

Check out Student Vote’s 2014 Election Preview for a look ahead to all of this year’s elections.

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

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