Weekly Round-Up: March 6, 2015

March 6th, 2015 by Dan Allan

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

Leadership races

Two provincial political parties are holding leadership conventions this weekend: the Manitoba NDP and the NL NDP. Manitoba premier Greg Selinger faces off against challengers Theresa Oswald and Steve Ashton. In Newfoundland and Labrador, Chris Bruce, Mike Goosney and Earle McCurdy are in the running for the party’s top job.

The Ontario PC Party is in the midst of their own leadership race and Patrick Brown has reportedly sold more party memberships than opponents Christine Elliott and Monte McNaughton. “This isn’t your old-fashioned convention,” and the National Post details how the process will play out.

The PEI PC chose Rob Lantz as their new leader last weekend over James Aylward and Darlene Compton. The final tally has been kept secret, but the vote reportedly went to a second round.

Elections and by-elections

Next on the agenda in Prince Edward Island is a provincial election that many expect will be called this spring by new Premier Wade MacLauchlan. The latest polls show the Liberals have “maintained their lead” over the PC. It was also announced this week that the Island Party will be running candidates.

There is also election speculation running throughout the province of Alberta, and Premier Jim Prentice expects that the upcoming budget “will be so radical it will likely trigger an election.”

Voters in Quebec’s Richelieu riding head to the polls on Monday for a provincial by-election to replace Parti Québécois MNA Élaine Zakaïb.

Democracy Bootcamp BC

We gathered 130 British Columbia educators in Vancouver last week for Democracy Bootcamp! The two-day was designed to improve the interest, knowledge and instructional capacity of teachers to teach democracy and citizenship in the lead-up to the 2015 federal election and the Student Vote program.

Looking for a recap of the great panels, presentations and discussions? Attending teachers blogged about their experiences herehere and here.

What else we’ve been up to

We partnered with the Toronto Foundation to bring the Vital Signs® Report into Student Vote classrooms across the city last fall. Students learned about issues affecting their city in more detail, and encouraged discussion about how different candidates would address those questions.

Last week, we released our video recap of Toronto Foundation President & CEO Rahul Bhardwaj’s visit to a Grade 9 class at Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute. You can watch it here:

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

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