Weekly Round-Up: June 6, 2014

June 6th, 2014 by Dan Allan

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

Ontario election update

The Ontario election is less than a week away! The televised leaders’ debate was held on Tuesday; pundits disagree on who won and who lost, but you can watch it here to make up your own mind.

Looking for last minute information on where, when and how to vote? The Elections Ontario website has everything you’ll need.

Appointments and retirements

Clément Gascon was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada. There will be another vacancy to fill in November when Justice Louis Lebel retires.

Manitoba Senator JoAnne Buth is stepping down in August. Buth was appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2012.

Legislature news

PEI’s Province House is about to undergo repairs for “significant structural problems.” Province House is Canada’s second-oldest seat of government (another Province House is the oldest) and hosted the Charlottetown Conference in 1864.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall shuffled his cabinet yesterday. Here are the details.

New Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao tabled his first provincial budget on Wednesday. Here are eight highlights.

What we’ve been up

We visited Centre Wellington District High School in Fergus to cover their Student Vote Day! Our recap has some great photos.

CIVIX President Taylor Gunn took part in the Winnipeg Inspire Democracy workshop on youth civic engagement.

The week ahead

The Student Vote Ontario results will be released on Thursday evening at the close of polls. We don’t know how students will vote this time, but the results were different than the adults in 2011.

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil will visit a Student Vote classroom next week! Read this week’s blog to find out how one student’s persistence made it happen.

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

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