Weekly Round-Up: May 1, 2015

May 1st, 2015 by Dan Allan

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

E-Day approaches in PEI and Alberta

Provincial election campaigns come to an end next week when Prince Edward Island voters cast ballots on Monday and Alberta voters head to the polls on Tuesday.

If you haven’t been keeping up with the latest news, don’t worry. CBC has been tracking PEI party promises and the Edmonton Journal has a handy platform tracker. ThreeHundredEight.com has examined the latest polls and both provinces seem headed towards close finishes.

Looking for more information on next week’s provincial elections? Visit the Elections Prince Edward Island and Elections Alberta websites.

Monday is Student Vote Day                                             

Adults won’t be the only ones getting into the election spirit! We’re running Student Vote programs in Alberta and PEI and more schools have registered to participate than ever before.

To help students prepare, we released our ‘Party Leader Q&A’ videos this week. Students shared their questions on the key issues and we received responses from all the party leaders. PEI responses are available here and Alberta responses are available here.

Student Vote PEI results will be released at 7pm AST on Monday, and Student Vote Alberta results will be released at 8pm MT on Tuesday. Stay tuned!

Provincial budget breakdown

Newfoundland and Labrador’s budget was tabled yesterday with just months remaining before a provincial election. Speaking of which, electoral boundary changes are still under scrutiny.

Released just one day after a cabinet shuffle, Manitoba’s provincial budget was also tabled yesterday by finance minister Greg Dewar (who was of course wearing his customary new shoes).

Why do finance ministers wear a new pair of shoes on budget day? The National Post has a great explainer.

Kind words from one of our teachers

Last week, the Globe and Mail published an editorial titled “Dear young people: Not voting? No one cares”. We definitely disagree, and so do some of the many great educators we are lucky enough to work with.

In a letter to the editor, long-time Student Vote Team Leader and Democracy Bootcamp attendee Annette Kavanagh-Turner writes:

Led by an inspiring and dedicated team, Student Vote provides professional development and support to elementary and secondary-school teachers in order to engage students in the electoral process.

During elections on all levels of government, authentic ballots, ballot boxes, and resources are sent to every participating school so our future voters understand the fundamental responsibility of voting.

Learning why and how to vote in an informed manner is a life skill. Engaging our students now is vital. While there are many priorities on the educational radar, ensuring an inclusive democratic process surely should be viewed as critical for our future collective society.

Thank you, Annette. We could not do what we do without the support of our teachers.

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