Weekly Round-Up: November 29

November 29th, 2013 by Dan Allan

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

By-election breakdown

Four federal by-elections were held on Monday! Here’s a quick recap of the results:

Visit the Elections Canada website for complete results.

Newfoundland and Labrador’s Carbonear-Harbour Grace went to the polls on Tuesday to fill the vacant seat of former Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy, who resigned last month. Liberal candidate Sam Slade was victorious, defeating PC candidate Jack Harrington by more than 450 votes. This was Slade’s second election victory in two months, as he was re-elected as the mayor of Carbonear in September. A by-election to fill his council seat will be held in the new year.

Canada’s most influential “Twitter” politician is…

Multiculturalism minister Jason Kenney! Media Miser tracked all mentions and retweets for federal politicians since October’s Throne Speech, and Kenney came out on top. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair and Foreign Affairs minister John Baird round out the top five.

Stephen McNeil’s first Throne Speech

Elected last month, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil’s first Speech from the Throne was delivered yesterday by Lieutenant Governor J.J. Grant. The speech included commitments to review the electoral process, introduce a statutory holiday in February and complete an independent review of MLA salaries, benefits, pensions and other expenses. You can read the full-text of the speech here.

Online voting update

City council in Waterloo, Ontario voted against using online voting for next year’s municipal election. Concerns about security, vote-buying and coercion and the impact of internet voting on turnout were reasons for the unanimous decision. Councils in Minden Hills and Lakeshore, Ontario have also decided against online voting in recent weeks.

The Student Budget Consultation is underway!

We launched the 2014 Student Budget Consultation program this week! Canadian high school students will learn about the federal budget through in-class activities and a series of non-partisan videos featuring Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. Students will also watch an expert panel – hosted by the Huffington Post’s Althia Rajdebate major political issues and compare the viewpoints of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, Green leader Elizabeth May and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance Andrew Saxton before sharing their budget priorities through an online survey.

Interested educators can register now.

You can watch the introduction video here:

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

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