Youth Vote

Canadians aged 18 to 24 have the strength in numbers to reshape national politics with their votes ... If they voted. We speak with three young candidates about why voter turnout is so low in their demographic and how they'd like to change that.


Youth Vote - Politician Panel

We started this segment with Rick Mercer and one of his signature rants. This particular rant had a very specific target audience: Canada's young voters or at least, young Canadians eligible to vote.

Rick's Rant apparently did not fall on deaf ears. It has been credited with sparking the so-called youth "vote mob" movement that started at the University of Guelph earlier this month and has since spread to more than 30 university campuses across the country. The movement is essentially a series of campus rallies - all sharing one simple goal: Get more 18-to-24-year-olds out to the polls. There is, as Rick noted, plenty of room for improvement just 37 percent of that demographic voted in the last federal election.

The Current wondered why there's such apparent political apathy among the 18-to-24 set and looked to some young people in Toronto for the answers.

This issue fits right into our project, Shift on demographic change for more perspective on the youth vote, we were joined by three 20-something people who are deeply involved in the political process. David Couturier is 26, and is the Conservative Candidate in Beauharnois-Salaberry riding in Quebec. He joined us from his campaign headquarters in Valleyfield, Quebec. Corina Ganton is 24. She's the Liberal candidate in Alberta's Peace River riding. She was in Edmonton this morning. And William Molls is 23. He's the NDP candidate in the St. Paul's riding in Toronto.

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Great Moments in Election History

In the federal election of 1878, Prime Minister Alexander Mackenzie was defeated following an economic downturn during his mandate.

133 years later ... He probably should have spent more time putting up Economic Action Plan signage.

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