Weekly Round-Up: October 2, 2015

October 2nd, 2015 by Dan Allan

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

Federal election countdown

Canada’s 42nd federal election campaign kicked off on August 2, exactly two months ago, and now less than three weeks remain until October 19! Those keen to cast a ballot only have to wait another week until advance polls open.

This campaign has featured many polls showing a tight three-way race, but things seemed to shift this week. The Globe’s Election Forecast now projects the Conservatives to win the most seats with a majority government still out of reach for any party. The CBC’s Poll Tracker shows the Conservatives in the best shape they’ve been in all campaign and The Signal, a new election forecast from Vox Pop Labs, similarly shows an edge for Stephen Harper’s party.

One week, two debates

Five leaders’ debates were scheduled for this 78-day campaign, and the last takes place tonight. Hosted by TVA, the French-language debate will feature Harper, Thomas Mulcair, Justin Trudeau and Gilles Duceppe.

On Monday night, Harper, Mulcair and Trudeau squared off in the bilingual Munk Debate on foreign policy. Who won the debate? We asked the first-ever members of our Student Ambassador Network to share their commentary in real-time through Twitter. You can read some of their responses here.

These final two debates also come right on the heels of the Globe and Mail leaders’ debate, where Student Vote participants – in a new video – offered “some of the smartest post-debate commentary” one journalist had ever heard.

Democracy Bootcamp: Edmonton

Roughly 130 educators from Edmonton and the surrounding region took part in Democracy Bootcamp on Tuesday! Democracy Bootcamp: Edmonton was the fifth and final professional conference that CIVIX hosted in 2015 to inspire teachers’ democratic engagement and support their delivery of this fall’s federal Student Vote.

The day began with a panel featuring high-level political operatives Tom FlanaganSally Housser and Scott Reid who gave teachers a glance inside a campaign to explain how they are shaped, won and lost. The panel was moderated by The Edmonton Journal’s Graham Thomson. The afternoon’s agenda included an all-candidate forum on federal politics hosted by Nancy Carlson of Global News.

Student Vote success stories

Student Vote registration has now closed and nearly 7,500 schools from across Canada are taking part – our most ever! Many media outlets across the country have caught wind of the nearly 700,000 students who will cast ballots later this month.

Students at D. Aubrey Moodie Intermediate School in Nepean were interviewed by the CBC about their Student Vote experience so far, and they also took the time to write a blog post for us. Students in Regina, Lakeland, Bracebridge and Barrie have similarly seen great coverage of their campaign events.

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

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