Weekly Round-Up: May 8, 2015

May 8th, 2015 by Dan Allan

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

Alberta’s historic provincial election

On Tuesday, Rachel Notley led the Alberta NDP to a majority government in the province’s 29th general election. The party takes power in the province for the first time and ends the 44-year Progressive Conservative dynasty. Alberta Party leader Greg Clark also made history by becoming his party’s first-ever elected MLA and the province saw its highest voter turnout in 22 years. Complete results are available here.

Almost identical to the actual results, more than 90,000 students elected an NDP majority government and a Wildrose opposition with the PCs finishing third. More students and schools than ever before, at any level of government in the province, participated in this year’s Student Vote. The results were featured on Global’s election night broadcast and covered by media across the province. You can watch video highlights from participating schools, explore our interactive results map and check out our Storify of the best won a third straight majority government for the Liberal Party. Green Party leader Peter Bevan-Baker won the party’s first-ever seat in the provincial legislature, and voter turnout rose to an impressive 85.9 per cent. Complete results are available here.

The Student Vote results differed from the actual election outcome, with PC leader Rob Lantz winning a minority government. However, we had our best-ever participation in the province as nearly 6,500 votes were reported from 42 schools representing 25 electoral districts.

By-elections and election speculation

Speculation regarding an early federal election has diminished slightly this week with news that federal by-elections had been called in the Ontario ridings of Ottawa West–Nepean, Peterborough and Sudbury. All three by-elections will take place on October 19th, the same date as the federal election. The by-elections will be superseded by the federal vote when it is eventually called.

Just days after a provincial election, it looks like by-elections will soon be in Alberta’s future. Jim Prentice resigned his Calgary-Foothills seat, and the tied riding of Calgary-Glenmore could also lead to a by-election if the result is not settled by a recount.

Leadership races

The Ontario PC will have a new leader tomorrow! The race comes down to MPP Christine Elliott and MP Patrick Brown.

The Parti Québécois held their final leadership debate this week, and a new leader will be chosen next weekend. Four candidates remain in the race.

The Alberta PC will also face an upcoming leadership race, after Prentice’s immediate resignation on Tuesday night.

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

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