Weekly Round-Up: May 22, 2015

May 22nd, 2015 by Dan Allan

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

Election recounts (and a coin toss)

The old adage that ‘every vote counts’ came into play in PEI when Liberal candidate Alan McIsaac won his seat in a coin toss after a recount resulted in a tie. PC leader Rob Lantz is also seeking a recount after losing in his district by just 24 votes.

The Alberta NDP added to their seat count when the official election results showed that candidate Anam Kazim defeated PC candidate Linda Johnson by just 6 votes. If the two candidates were still tied after the recount, a by-election would have been called. How do other provinces decide electoral ties? Our blog explains.

Cabinet choices and contenders

PEI Premier Wade MacLauchlan named his nine-member cabinet on Wednesday morning and it included the coin-toss winning McIsaac, two newly elected members and two women. One of the new cabinet members, Tina Mundy, resigned from cabinet after just one day on the job due to a personal financial matter.

Alberta’s rooking MLAs are still “preparing for a whole new world,” and premier-elect Rachel Notley will soon announce her cabinet. The Globe and Mail has floated some possible contenders, and we’ll learn who makes the cut for sure when Notley and her eleven cabinet ministers are sworn in on Sunday.

Leadership race update

Media mogul and MNA Pierre Karl Péladeau was elected leader of the Parti Québécois on the first ballot, and in his first National Assembly address as leader he called for unity. Across the aisle, Premier Philippe Couillard has already accused PKP of wanting separation to be a major issue in the next election.

Obama joins Twitter

After six years of tweeting from the @WhiteHouse feed, United States President Barack Obama finally received his own Twitter account this week — @POTUS. The account will be passed on the next president, once Obama leaves the Oval Office. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (@pmharper) has been tweeting from his own account since 2007.

Federal election countdown

Less than five months remain until the federal election and, if you haven’t already, you can confirm your voter registration on the Elections Canada website. The Hill Times suggests that the House of Commons will adjourn for the summer of June 23rd, and may not return after the election until January 2016.

Want to get your school involved in this fall’s election? Registration for our federal Student Vote program is now open and educators can sign up here.

What else we’ve been up to

CIVIX European Bureau Chief Paul Anderson gave a presentation on the Student Budget Consultation in Warsaw, Poland earlier this week workshop organized by the World Bank. Paul gave a similar presentation in Moscow, Russia last month, and you can read his blog recap here.

Ten Members of Parliament visited classrooms across Canada this week as part of our Rep Day program. Learn more about the civic education initiative here.

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

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