Weekly Round-Up: February 21, 2014

February 21st, 2014 by Dan Allan

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

Provincial Update

The Ontario legislature returned this week amidst speculation that there will be an election this spring. Toronto councillor Doug Ford announced will not run for a provincial seat in the next Ontario provincial election and will run his brother Rob’s mayoral re-election campaign instead.

Two provincial budgets were tabled this week: Mike de Jong delivered the BC budget on Tuesday and Nicolas Marceau presented the Quebec budget yesterday with an election call expected “within weeks.”

The Newfoundland and Labrador Progressive Conservative Party opened nominations for their leadership race. Nominations close on March 14 and the province’s next premier will be selected on July 5. Kathy Dunderdale resigned as premier in January.

New Reports

Samara released a new report, “By Invitation Only: Canadians’ Perceptions of Political Parties,” which examines the role of political parties in reconnecting citizens to politics. More than 50% of Canadians said parties’ #1 priority should be “reaching out to Canadians.”

MediaSmarts released Phase III of their “Young Canadians in a Wired World” study this week on youth internet use and online privacy. The findings are especially interesting when viewed alongside the Student Budget Consultation results related to cyberbullying.

Candidate Announcements

South Surrey—White Rock—Cloverdale Conservative MP Russ Hiebert will not run again in 2015. Hiebert was first elected in 2004.

Former Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe will not run for the Parti Québécois in the next Quebec election.

Twenty-two year old Zach Paikin will run for the Liberal nomination in the new Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas riding during the next federal election.

Opportunities for Educators

We’ll be taking part in the 16th annual Saskatchewan Teachers’ Institute on Parliamentary Democracy in April! Interested teachers have until March 1st to apply.

The BC Teachers’ Institute on Parliamentary Democracy is also being held in April, and applications are being accepted until February 28. We highly recommend these great professional development opportunities.

What we’re up to

Two Rep Days took place this week: Mississauga South MP Stella Ambler met with Bronte College students and Victoria MP Murray Rankin paid a visit to Victoria High School.

The House of Commons may be on a break week, but stories from our meetings continue to be shared through our ‘Olivia on the Hill’ blog posts.

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

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