Weekly Round-Up: July 24, 2015

July 24th, 2015 by Dan Allan

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

Federal election news

Less than three months remain until the federal election and there continue to be rumours of an early election call. The writ may drop a month earlier than required, but the four major parties “are starting to look like they’re ready” for the campaign with candidate rosters nearing completion. The polls show a tight race, so this fall will certainly be an exciting one.

Adding to the anticipation is the possibility of a coalition government. The NDP are in favour, the Liberals aren’t and the Globe and Mail explains the “rules and conventions” that could allow it to happen. In other election news, Canadian expatriates who have lived abroad for more than five years will not be eligible to vote this October.

Brown to face by-election

Patrick Brown has been Ontario PC leader since May but he still does not hold a seat at Queen’s Park. On Tuesday, long time MPP Garfield Dunlop announced that he will resign so Brown can run for his seat in Simcoe North.

If called right away, the by-election could take place before Labour Day and Brown could be in legislature for its return on September 14. However, Premier Kathleen Wynne will wait to set a date until after the federal election, arguing that Brown should have found a riding to run in sooner.

Quebec’s new L-G

On Tuesday, the PM announced the appointment of J. Michel Doyon as the new Lieutenant Governor of Quebec. Doyon replaces Pierre Duchesne, who served as Quebec’s vice-regal representative since 2007.

Electoral reform recap

In the Globe and Mail, David McLaughlin speculates on how the results of the federal election will impact Canada’s first-past-the-post electoral system. And, later today, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to call for Senate abolition with Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall.

In Prince Edward Island, the Greens and NDP want to seek public input before next year’s plebiscite on preferential balloting. In Nova Scotia, some are calling on Premier Stephen McNeil to “follow through” on his promise to pursue electoral reform.

Youth engagement update

Electoral changes are also being debated for those under the voting age. In London, Ontario, it was proposed that teens be allowed to vote for mayor. In the United States, Democratic Minority leader Nancy Pelosi voiced her support for lowering the voting age to 16 or 17.

Legislation may take years to change, but it is possible for Canadian youth to take part in the election this fall. To get started, educators can register their class for our federal Student Vote program today.

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