Weekly Round-Up: October 23, 2015

October 23rd, 2015 by Dan Allan

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

Canadians elect a Liberal majority government

The results are in! Canada’s 42nd general election took place on Monday and Canadians elected a Liberal majority government led by Justin Trudeau. The Conservatives came in second and will form the official opposition, while the NDP finished in third place. Complete results are available on the Elections Canada website.

Voter turnout jumped to 68.5 per cent for this election, up from 61.1 per cent in 2011 and 58.8 per cent in 2008. This is the highest level of turnout since 1993, when Jean Chrétien’s Liberals won a majority (and the Blue Jays won the World Series).

The Student Vote results

The Student Vote program also saw record participation, with more than 900,000 students under the voting age casting ballots from 6,500 elementary and secondary schools across the country. Like the adults, they elected a Liberal majority with a Conservative opposition. The complete riding-by-riding results are available here.

The program, and the results, have garnered some great media attention from across the country. They were covered by the Globe and Mail, Radio-Canada and many other local and regional papers and stations. Thanks again to the thousands of dedicated and enthusiastic educators who helped make the program a success!

Transition of power

Having won the election, Trudeau’s team has begun the transition to power. The prime minister-designate met with the outgoing PM on Wednesday afternoon before coming together again with Harper on Thursday morning to lay a wreath in remembrance of the two Canadian soldiers killed last October.

Trudeau will name his cabinet on November 4 and has committed to it being gender balanced. The House of Commons will return shortly thereafter, with electoral reform possibly at the top of the agenda.

Leadership races underway

Monday’s election result has sparked at least two leadership races. Gilles Duceppe has (once again) stepped down as Bloc Québécois leader, and Harper resigned from the Conservative top job. Thomas Mulcair and Elizabeth May are staying on as NDP and Green leaders, for now at least, although there is a petition for May to become the Liberal environment minister.

No date has been set for either upcoming leadership convention, but potential Conservative candidates have begun to make themselves known. Diane Finley has expressed interested in the interim job, and Michelle Rempel has mused about running on Twitter.

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