Weekly Round-Up: October 30, 2015

October 30th, 2015 by Dan Allan

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

Government transition continues

Prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau has announced that the House of Commons will reconvene in December. The specific date has not yet been set, but a speech from the throne will be read to lay out the new government’s agenda. Trudeau’s will be sworn-in and announce his cabinet next week.

The old PM has to resign before the new one take over, and Stephen Harper will formally step down on November 4. The Harper family is moving back to Calgary, while the Trudeaus are set to move into Rideau Cottage (rather than 24 Sussex). Harper plans to stay on as the MP for Calgary Heritage (and may also have an airport named after him).

Judicial recounts underway

The federal election is over but there’s still a chance that some ridings could change hands. Recounts are underway in four ridings: Barrie–Springwater–Oro-Medonte (108 votes), Montmagny–L’Islet–Kamouraska–Rivière-du-Loup (269 votes), Hochelaga (541 votes) and Regina–Lewvan (132 votes). A fifth recount was completed in Edmonton Mill Woods and confirmed the Liberal victory.

Judicial recounts are mandatory if the vote margin difference between the first and second-place candidates is less than one one-thousandth of the valid votes cast. They can also be done at the request of a candidate if there are questions about miscounted or rejected ballots.

The final Student Vote results

In total, 6,760 schools participated in Student Vote this election with 922,000 students casting a ballot, representing all 338 electoral districts. You can watch the CBC’s Peter Mansbridge break down the results in this video:

Like the results of the official election, students elected a Liberal majority government and a Conservative official opposition. You can access the final results here. Wanted to keep your class engaged with their democracy? There’s still time to take part in the National Democracy Challenge.

Budget day in Alberta

The Alberta NDP presented their first-ever provincial budget in Tuesday and Finance Minister Joe Ceci unveiled the plan that will see the province run its largest deficit to date.

What did the budget include? The Globe and Mail has put together a list of ‘nine takeaways’, or you can read the entire document here.

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