British Columbia

Richmond, B.C. Green Party candidate Vincent Chiu says Ottawa needs new sprouts

The Green Party candidate for Richmond just graduated from high school but says he's ready to run for a seat to represent residents in Ottawa.

18-year-old political candidate says he may be green but that won't stop him for running for the Greens

Vincent Chiu is one of the youngest politicians in the race for a seat in Ottawa this election. (Vincent Chiu/Facebook)

Vincent Chiu says his voice is missing in Ottawa and he is ready to fix that.

The 18-year-old recent high school graduate is one of the youngest federal candidates running for election as he takes the banner for the Green Party. The riding is currently held by Conservative MP Alice Wong. 

He knows most Ottawa politicians were born long before the 70s and sport a bit of grey.

"I think we need a lot more of the youth voice in Parliament," Chiu told CBC.

Chiu says millennial issues are being ignored and specifically he wants something done about the lack of jobs for young people.

"One of the things the Green Party wants to do is support paid internships and more co-op programs to invest in youth like Universities do."

He's also aware that his 1997 birthdate will make him a target by the other candidates, as age is used to constantly criticize federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau.

"Sometimes my age is a concern, but I think people understand that being young doesn't imply a lack of experience or I guess the drive to really change this country."

So Chiu says he's ready, fresh high school diploma in hand, to campaign against Wong, who served as cabinet minister.

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