Weekly Round-Up: August 7, 2015

August 7th, 2015 by Dan Allan

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

The 42nd federal election has begun

The writs of election have been issued and the 42nd general election campaign is officially underway! Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with Governor General David Johnston on Sunday morning and, after an 11-week campaign, Canadians will head to the polls on Monday, October 19.

If you’re looking for news from the first week of the campaign, the Globe and Mail has launched their Election 2015 website. For more information on the election, you can never go wrong by visiting the Elections Canada website.

Leaders’ debate recap

The first leaders’ debate of the campaign took place last night in Toronto. Hosted by Maclean’s and moderated by Paul Wells, the debate featured Harper, Mulcair, Trudeau and May and focused on issues like the economy, the environment, democratic reform and foreign affairs. You can watch a replay of the debate here.

Last night, we tried something new by gathering a group of 7 high school students to watch the debate and capturing their reactions. We tweeted some of the initial feedback, and we’ll be releasing more in a video soon. We’ll be directly engaging with Student Vote participants and providing them with a voice throughout the election. (And, speaking of Student Vote, educators can sign up their school here).

Other elections and by-elections

As a result of the federal election call, Saskatchewan’s 28th provincial election has been officially moved to April 4, 2016. The date was initially set for November 2 of this year, but this move avoids any overlap between the two campaigns.

Despite the federal election, Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown will have a chance to win his seat before the provincial legislature resumes in September. Premier Kathleen Wynne announced last week that the Simcoe North by-election would take place on Thursday, September 3.

In Alberta, Premier Rachel Notley has called the provincial by-election in Calgary-Foothills for September 3. The by-election is being held to replace former Premier Jim Prentice, who resigned on election night. Voters in the riding will be heading to the polls for the third time in less than a year.

CIVIX is hiring for the federal election

We’re currently accepting applications for multiple positions, including Campaign Distribution Manager. Apply today!

For ongoing updates, follow us on Twitter at @CIVIX_Canada and like our Facebook page.

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