Weekly Round-Up: May 23, 2014

May 23rd, 2014 by Dan Allan

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

Election update

Less than three weeks remain until the Ontario provincial election! Have you noticed more election ads? That’s because the ban on print and broadcast advertising has ended. Who’s leading? It “depends on the poll.”

Speaking of elections, New Brunswick heads to the polls in just four months! The final Question Period before the election was held this week and the “push for votes” has begun.

Leadership races

The Alberta PC leadership race is heating up! Jim Prentice officially entered the race and Thomas Lukaszuk announced that he would be running. All candidates are men so far, and some argue the “race highlights [a] shortage of women in top political positions.”

Who will be the next Assembly of First Nations National Chief? Here’s a list of contenders.

There won’t be a Newfoundland and Labrador NDP leadership race as leader Lorraine Michael survived a leadership review.

Provincial legislatures

The Quebec National Assembly resumed for the first time since the April election. Jacques Chagnon was acclaimed as the Speaker of the National Assembly, retaining the role he has held since 2011.

Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, visited the provincial legislatures of Manitoba and Prince Edward Island. The royals attended PEI’s Rotary Youth Parliament and Charles noted “the passion of the youth parliament debate.” Prince Charles is next in line to become Canada’s Head of State (our video explains why this is the case).

What we’ve been up to

More than 1,500 schools have already registered for our Student Vote Ontario program! The deadline is approaching fast, but there is still time join in the fun by registering now.

Katie attended a presentation at Ajax City Hall about online voting for this fall’s municipal election and their “Bring on the Vote” campaign. There were also presentations from the Internet Voting Project and Intelivote (who is running the online vote for Ajax). We’ve written a series of blogs on online voting in Canada, including Ajax.

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

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