Weekly Round-Up: October 11
Each Friday, CIVIX provides a digest of the major events in Canadian politics:
Nova Scotia Liberals win majority government
The 39th Nova Scotia provincial election was held on Tuesday and, true to the polls, the Liberal Party won a majority government. The Liberals captured 33 seats and will form the next government under premier-elect Stephen McNeil. The PC, led by Jamie Baillie, won 11 seats and will form the official opposition. The NDP, who had been in power under Darrell Dexter, fell to third place and won only 7 seats.
The Student Vote results were “astonishingly” similar to those of the official election. More than 22,000 elementary and secondary students from nearly 200 Nova Scotia schools elected 32 Liberals, 11 PC and 8 NDP. This was our most successful Nova Scotia program to date. You can see who won in each electoral district by viewing the province-wide results.
Who does your rep follow on Twitter?
More than 80 per cent of Canada’s MPs are on Twitter. Who do they follow? Hill+Knowlton ranked the top 20 accounts followed by MPs and created a cool infographic. We didn’t make the cut this time around, but here are the top three: Sun Media’s David Akin, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and CBC reporter Kady O’Malley.
British Columbians can also find out who their MLA is following. Vancouver Sun data reporter Chad Skelton developed a tool that allows you to see how many BC MLAs follow you. Who do most MLAs follow? The honour is shared by Keith Baldrey and Vaughn Palmer of the Vancouver Sun.
A busy week for Premier Dunderdale
It was an eventful week for Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale! She got back on Twitter after a several month absence and she also announced a major cabinet shuffle on Wednesday morning. The shuffle was prompted by last week’s resignation of Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy.
Opportunities for youth engagement in BC
Grade 11 student Nick Milum has been named the Vancouver School Board’s first student trustee. Milum can’t vote, attend in camera meetings or move motions, but he can suggest motions to be moved. Student trustees can already be found in Ontario and New Brunswick. Milum is expected to be sworn in at the October 15 school board meeting.
Are you a student interested in attending the British Columbia Youth Parliament? You have until October 23 to apply.
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