Weekly Round-Up: September 4, 2015

September 4th, 2015 by Dan Allan

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

Federal poll frenzy

A new Abacus Data poll shows a “tightening race” between Stephen Harper, Thomas Mulcair and Justin Trudeau, while another suggests that half of Canadians have yet to make up their minds. All in all, the Globe and Mail’s Election Forecast shows the NDP as being the most likely to win the most seats on October 19.

What’s most intriguing is the potential impact the latest numbers could have on the election, and in the days immediately following. The National Post’s Andrew Coyne lays out some possible minority government scenarios, while the Globe’s Campbell Clark proposes that two parties may already have coalition plans in the works.

On the lighter side, another new Abacus poll asked which party leader Canadians would prefer to babysit their kids for an evening, and who would pick the best movie to watch. You can find out who came out on top for those questions, and others, here.

Where do you fit in?

Most Canadians know where they stand on the key issues, but how will this translate into who they support on election day? To that end, we’re supporting Pollenize Canada, a new website that breaks down the party platforms of the six party platforms and provides Canadians with information to make an informed decision.

Another tool we recommend is Vote Compass, and their federal election edition launched this week. After answering a short online questionnaire, users will learn which party is most closely aligned with their own views.

By-election breakdown

Let’s take a break from the federal election to talk provincial politics. The ridings of Simcoe North, in Ontario, and Calgary-Foothills, in Alberta, held by-elections yesterday.

In Simcoe North, PC leader Patrick Brown won a seat at Queen’s Park with more than 53 per cent of the vote. Ontario Liberal candidate Fred Larsen finished second. Complete results are available on the Elections Ontario website.

Voters in Calgary-Foothills went to the polls for the third time in less than a year and elected Prasad Panda of the Wildrose Party. The NDP, fresh off their majority government win in May, finished in second. Full results can be found on the Elections Alberta website.

Student Vote update

The Student Vote distribution team was firing on all cylinders this week as we packed and shipped resource materials for the thousands of elementary and secondary schools who have already registered for our parallel election program!

In fact, with more than 4,400 schools registered from all 338 ridings – the most ever! – we’re on pace for the biggest Student Vote yet.

If that’s not enough of a reason to register your class and/or school, you should watch four sharp secondary students describe their Student Vote experience in our latest video.

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

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