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'The wider student body is interested and engaged'to the editor,
Posted October 8, 2019
As a 17-year-old student living in New Tecumseth, I get tired of hearing the general impression young people do not care about any aspects of politics, especially voting in federal elections. I would like to change that opinion.
In the 2015 Canadian federal election, the voting percentage of Canadian citizens aged 18-24 skyrocketed by 20 per cent. In 2019, it will be the first time in history millennials make up the largest voting bloc in the federal election. So I believe our values and vote matters and thus the public and politicians need to acknowledge that.
Throughout my time in politics class, I have come to realize many students do get excited, and do care about political views and values. After all, this is our home for the remainder of our youth, adulthood and retirement age.
One of the ways I've seen this in action is how our class of high school students, all of whom are still ineligible to vote, have willingly decided to host an All-Candidates debate within our school.
The debate will help other students see what values each party brings to the table. We hope by providing this opportunity we can create the same passion for the political process and issues that I see in each and every one of my classmates.
It has been extremely eye opening to see how the members of our class have taken the initiative to promote their excitement among others in the school. It clearly has worked. We very quickly exceeded our 350 person audience capacity. The wider student body is interested and engaged.
So before anyone else buys into the fallacy "young people don't care about voting," I encourage them to appreciate what 24 students with an excitement for politics can do to transform a regular high school cafeteria into a forum for political debate, and how they can pass the electricity onto others.
We do indeed care and we will vote moving forward.
Gr 12 student,
Banting Memorial High School