Weekly Round-Up: June 26, 2015

June 26th, 2015 by Dan Allan

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

Federal election fever

The House of Commons has now officially adjourned for the summer, and Members of Parliament have returned to their home ridings to prepare for an election that could be the most exciting ever.

In total, there will be 30 additional ridings up for grabs, and 59 incumbent MPs will not run for re-election.

If you need to freshen up on the key issues, the Toronto Star has compiled highlights from each of the major party platforms. You can also look at the latest polls, and consider how they could be improved.

Getting Canada Ready to Vote

This year, Canada’s Democracy Week will fall smack dab in the middle of the federal election campaign. This year’s theme is “Let’s Get Canada Ready to Vote.”

With changes coming to voter ID requirements, the Elections Canada-run event will give Canadians tools to start making their plan to vote by identifying where, when and the ways that they can register and ultimately vote this fall.

Premier popularity

Did you know that no one provincial premier is beloved by more than two-thirds of their constituents, and only two of the nine breaks the 50 per cent approval mark?

Angus Reid Institute’s quarterly survey of premier popularity was released Monday: Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall continues to top the list while Manitoba’s Greg Selinger is alone the bottom. Find out where your premier ranks here.

Everyday Political Citizens

The fine people at Samara have launched the 2015 incarnation of their Everyday Political Citizen contest. You can meet the jury, and even nominate someone you know who is making a difference.

Blog bonanza

We often post our own blogs, but we much prefer to read post written by our own teachers and students. This week, BC teacher Dayna Hart reflected on her positive Democracy Bootcamp experience, 17-year-old Student Budget Consultation participant Brandon Vézina continues to chronicle his reaction to the results and a blog written by a Student Vote participant in PEI spurred a response from Green Party leader Peter Bevan-Baker.

Most notably, Devonshire Public School wrote a blog for us on the pre-election Student Vote candidates meeting they held last week with NDP MP Paul Dewar, Conservative Damian Konstantinakos and Liberal Catherine McKenna. Read the full post here.

What we’ve been up to

Speaking of the Student Vote program, more than 2,500 schools have already registered for this fall’s federal program from nearly 320 ridings across the country. There’s still time for educators to sign up here.

On Tuesday, our Emily Barrette appeared on CBC’s Ontario Today to discuss civic education and the role of democracy at school. You can listen to the episode here.

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

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