Weekly Round-Up: May 29, 2015

May 29th, 2015 by Dan Allan

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

Election ads and leadership debates

The federal election is still scheduled for October, but “speculation is increasing” that the writ will be dropped in August to allow for an increase in spending limits. The Conservatives, NDP and Liberals released election ads on Monday, another sign that the “unofficial election campaign [is] underway.”

Discussions surround the leaders’ debates continue, and the parties are said to be “playing a game of chicken” regarding who will take part in which debates. A look back at the first televised leaders’ debate, held during the 1968 federal election, shows these events have always been a ‘headache’ to organize.

Alberta’s new government

A new chapter in Alberta politics began on Sunday when Rachel Notley and her NDP cabinet were sworn in before a crowd of thousands. Medicine Hat MLA Bob Wanner will reportedly be chosen as Speaker (in a move that has prompted criticism from the opposition) and Calgary-Bow MLA Deborah Drever will start her term as an independent after being suspended from the NDP caucus for questionable social media postings.

About 40 of the province’s rookie MLAs will take part in a ‘dry run’ of their new responsibilities during a mock legislature session hosted by outgoing Speaker Gene Zwozdesky on June 2. The Alberta NDP also won a majority government in our Student Vote ‘mock’ election earlier this month.

Recount recap

In other Alberta news, Calgary-Glenmore PC candidate Linda Johnson is seeking a judicial recount after an initial recount found that she lost to NDP rival Anam Kazim by just six votes.

In Prince Edward Island, a recount confirmed that PC leader Rob Lantz had lost his seat in District 13 to Liberal Jordan Brown. Lantz, however, will stay on as leader and named his shadow cabinet. The legislature returns on Wednesday with a Throne Speech.

Opportunities for youth

Are you an Alberta high school student? If so, you still have time to apply for the Page Program! Applications will be accepted until May 31. In Ontario, Grade 7 and 8 students can apply for the Legislative Page Program until June 15. We highly recommend both opportunities!

Elections Manitoba’s CitizenNext Video Challenge will launch in September “make the coming election year an opportunity for your students to zoom in on democracy.” Learn more here.

What we’ve been up to

Our Paul Anderson was in Warsaw, Poland to give a presentation on the Student Budget Consultation at the Working Group on Budget Literacy workshop, hosted by the World Bank’s resource team and PEMPAL. You can read Paul’s recap here.

Registration continues for our federal Student Vote program, and if you want to get a better idea of how the program works we release two new videos this week from last fall’s Ontario municipal election program. You can watch them both here.

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

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