Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Dear young people

As Rick Mercer points out, if you are between the ages of 18 and 24 and you want to scare the hell out of the people that run this country: VOTE! None of the major political parties are counting on it, and the polls have very little idea of how young people will vote (if they do). How's that for being rebellious?

This is something that I've been saying to the 'lower tuition' people for quite some time. Throughout the past three years there have been countless rallies from students demanding lower tuition fees- the sad part is, they don't realize that no one is listening. Let's try a thought experiment, shall we?

You are the government in power (whichever party- take your pick) and you have X number of dollars to spend on the Canadian people. You know that a large proportion of senior citizens vote in federal elections (in fact, this is the largest voting demographic in the country), and there are a growing number of senior citizens in this country (known as the aging population). You also know that only 37% of those aged 18-24 vote in federal elections, and they comprise one of the smallest voting demographics. As a political party, your goal is to stay in power (despite what the Liberals may say, they would hold onto it with their dear life too). Who are you going to give the money to? Assuming you have a basic grasp of stats, you'll probably want to invest in the people you know are going to vote.

This little thought experiment is precisely the reason why tuition fees keep going up. Every time young people don't vote, they communicate their lack of interest in federal politics to the party in power- and the government acknowledges this by reciprocating a lack of interest in young people, ie/ raising tuition fees.

I understand that education is funded by the provinces, but at least some of this money does come from the federal purse.

Point: if you are between the ages of 18 and 24 and you are passionate about something or anything and you want your government to listen to you and take you and your passion seriously, you need to start by voting. No one is going to care about tuition, global warming, save the whales, etc unless you vote. If you're not educated, then get educated.

Start here:
http://www.elections.ca/

Look at these:  (listed alphabetically)
www.conservative.ca/
www.liberal.ca/
www.ndp.ca/

If you're really lost, the CBC voting compass may help:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canadavotes2011/votecompass/
Make a decision, and finish at the polls on May 2nd (school will be out by then- no excuses)

Of course...if you don't want to, then don't expect to complain about who wins.

1 comment:

  1. dont bother with the voting compass, just vote tory.

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