Weekly Round-Up: September 11, 2015

September 11th, 2015 by Dan Allan

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

Federal election update

The 42nd Canadian general election is now past the midway point and less than six weeks remain until election day. If you’re itching to cast your ballot, you can vote now at any one of 400 Elections Canada offices across the country.

Results from a new Nanos poll were released this morning and show a “very tight three-way race” between Harper, Mulcair and Trudeau. The numbers show 30.9 per cent support for the Liberals, 30.8 per cent support for the Conservatives and 29.9 per cent support for the NDP.

Social media madness

Social media has been an “Achilles heel” for many during this election, with candidates from all of the major parties now having to deal with past tweets, comments and videos coming back to haunt them. In several cases, these have led to resignations.

Facebook has been measuring the election campaign thus far, and more than 2.5 million unique users have discussed Canadian politics on their site since June 1. Who’s winning the election on social media so far? CBC News offers their analysis.

Samara’s latest report

Our friends at Samara released a new report this week, and this one’s right up our alley. “Message Not Delivered” debunks the myth that young people in this country are lazy and care less about politics than other generations. You can read the full report here.

Need even more proof that Canadian youth aren’t apathetic? Keep reading for an update on this year’s Student Vote program…

Record-setting Student Vote registration

It was back to school this week, and we’re shifting the Student Vote 2015 campaign into high gear. More than 5,000 schools have already registered – our most ever! – and our distribution team packaged and shipped thousands of packages last week.

During National Student Vote Week, we expect that more than 7,000 students will cast a Student Vote ballot. Educators: there’s still time to register if you want to get your class involved.

Looking forward to the leaders’ debate

We’re now less than a week away from the next leaders’ debate, and the last to be held entirely in English. Hosted by the Globe and Mail and focused on the economy, the debate will include Harper, Mulcair and Trudeau.

How do you watch the debate? Here are the details. Why is it being held in Calgary? Watch this video.

In case you missed it, we brought together a group of high school students to watch the campaign’s first leaders’ debate. You can watch their reactions here:

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

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