Weekly Round-Up: September 12, 2014

September 12th, 2014 by Dan Allan

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

Alberta’s new premier

Jim Prentice defeated Thomas Lukaszuk and Ric McIver to win the Alberta PC leadership and he will become the province’s 16th premier. Prentice received 77 per cent of votes cast, but the sizeable victory was “overshadowed” by lower voter turnout. Many party members expressed frustration with the new electronic voting system that was used.

Prentice and his new cabinet could be sworn in as early as next week, and there is much debate over whether unelected members could (or should) be appointed.

Rep Day is underway!

We launched the 2014-15 Rep Day program on Wednesday as part of Canada’s Democracy Week. Rep Day is a civic education initiative that connects schools with their local Member of Parliament, and visits were coordinated this week with MPs James Bezan, Ralph Goodale, Ray Boughen, Geoff Regan and Leon Benoit. Nycole Turmel will participate next week.

Rep Day

This year’s Rep Day program will run throughout the school year and interested schools are invited to contact us to take part and receive free curriculum resources. We coordinated 85 Rep Day visits during the last school year.

NB election update

The New Brunswick provincial election campaign is heating up with a little more than a week remaining until election day. Two New Brunswick leadership debates were held this week and jobs and the economy and the shale gas industry were the major issues. The official list of candidates has been released and advance polls open tomorrow.

Opportunities for students and educators

Are you an Ontario student with an interest in provincial politics? Grade 10 to 12 students can apply now for the Legislative Assembly of Ontario Model Parliament, and beginning on Monday Grade 7 and 8 students can apply for the Legislative Assembly of Ontario Page Program.

Time is running out for educators to apply for the Legislative Assembly of Ontario Teacher’s Forum and the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba Teachers’ Institute. Make sure you get your applications in today!

What we’ve been up to

Canada’s Democracy Week begins next week, and we are taking part in the ‘ABCs of Teaching Democracy’ panel on civic education at the University of Ottawa on Tuesday, September 16. The event is open to the public.

What can be done about low youth voter turnout? CIVIX President Taylor Gunn took part in a video interview for The Globe and Mail about the Student Vote program and how to encourage youth civic engagement.

Taylor was also announced as a juror for Samara’s Everyday Political Citizen project. You can browse through all nominees and submit your own nomination.

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

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