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We decided early on that, while we would of course ensure we had messaging towards youth across the country, and support young campaigners in constituencies nationwide, our focus had to be tailored to where we could be most effective. We decided to focus our efforts organizing constituencies with campuses.
Life just got in the way.
The Liberals led by Trudeau have a lot work ahead of them, but their surprising victory may not be the upset we all thought it was. When you combine a growing need for change with a fresh, newer face, who brings a positive, unifying and consistent message, we can see how the red wave momentum was waiting for us. Perhaps many of us did not see it because this election fired up many negative emotions and divisiveness. However, most Canadians saw right through that. The people of Canada were the one who lit the fire and fanned the flames across the country on election night.
On election day 1993, Christy Black was headed out for dinner with her grandfather, but warned him that she didn't want to miss her chance to vote.
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The agency is preparing for contingencies because of the higher than expected turnout for advance polls last weekend.
Friendly reminder: 39 per cent of eligible Canadians chose "no one" in the last federal election.
Election day is coming up on Oct. 19. Will you be voting? Because you can start right now. Early indications are that people are turning out to polling stations in numbers that haven't been seen in pr...
These people are dropping everything, EVERYTHING to vote.
"If a young person doesn't vote, you are still voting."
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Imagine a comedian, playing to a dwindling audience. She has a deep repository of jokes, and she tries her best to generate laughs. But gradually, the audience starts leaving their seats. And slowly,...
"Get people to vote by reaching them through their stomachs, rather than just talking politics."
This is democracy in action.
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Last September's proposal by the four parties isn't about engaging voters, it's about tracking voters in an era of data mining.
Thursday is election day in Ontario. After a long, bruising campaign, Ontario voters will soon find out who'll be running Canada's most populous province. For the last few weeks polls have been report...
If you can't be bothered to pay attention and have decided that your vote won't matter anyway, you may unconsciously be setting an example that your children will follow. If we want to live in a viable democracy, we have to be willing to think critically and to take some risks.
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OTTAWA — An Elections Canada pilot program aimed at encouraging student voting during the 2015 election could be grounded if the Fair Elections Act passes, students groups fear. The Huffington Post Ca...
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As citizens of the "free world" -- North Americans, at least -- we have a great power bestowed upon us: the right to vote. Yet this basic right is often taken for granted. Understandably, enacting one's support for politicians can be frustrating, but fundamentally they are chosen by us to manage our tax dollars. And listen up: you pay taxes.
OTTAWA – The Conservative party is trying to prevent voters who don’t support their party from casting a ballot, the NDP charged Thursday during a debate on the government’s new electoral bill. “A bi...
VICTORIA - Internet voting requires more fine tuning — especially when it comes to eliminating security risks — before it can be widely used in provincial and municipal elections, says an independent...
Over 35 years, the NDP has seen its share of the popular vote decline and its actual vote stall, despite an electorate that has nearly doubled in size over the same period. Parties that don't grow their base lose and risk withering away. The message for the NDP in all these numbers is ominous and it's not just about Adrian Dix. It may have more to do with the brand.
Over the past three decades, the percentage of British Columbians who actually vote has steadily fallen, from more than 70 per cent to a little over half last time out, when nearly one out of every two voters seemingly slept the day away and never bothered to cast a ballot. In fact, B.C. has the dubious distinction of having some of the lowest voter turnouts in the country, which says a lot when you consider that some of those other provinces don't have much to boast about either.
Where politicians and pundits are right is that there is more political power in our generation than even we realize. Organizations, social movements and politicians lusting after "young voters" is actually making the problem worse. The narrowing of electoral participation as a direct translation to political action has led us to miss the forest for the trees, a forest that in Canada is probably being threatened to be clear cut, plowed for a pipeline, or removed to make way for a new mine -- and that's a big, big problem.
OTTAWA - Single parents, new immigrants and those in the skilled trades are among the Canadians least likely to cast a ballot, a Statistics Canada survey suggests.And one researcher says that's a worr...
I believe that there is a concerted campaign by right-wing parties to do everything in their power to reduce the voter turnout. Negative advertising fuels the flames of cynicism and voters stay home.
When Dalton McGuinty was down in the polls, Hudak seemed prepared to let the Liberals self-destruct without comment from him. Maybe if Hudak had run a campaign on silence, instead of uttering banalities and refusing to answer certain pointed questions, he'd have done better in Toronto and urban centres.
Perhaps the most common misconception is that young Canadians lack faith in democracy. Anyone who believes this simply hasn't looked at the evidence. Youth have just as much (or little) faith in our democratic process as their parents' generations, and it doesn't explain the difference in voter turnout.
Voter turnout in Thursday’s Ontario election was so low it set a new record with only 49.2 per cent of eligible voters going to the polls, which Democracy Watch calls a crisis requiring changes to the...
I wasn't too busy. I didn't forget. I wasn't even one of those principled abstainers who dutifully spoil a ballot in vague protest. I just didn't bother voting. I know my view is not popular, but I doubt I'm the only one.
During a month featuring elections in four provinces and one territory, The Huffington Post is asking Canadians why they vote. Some argue voting is a privilege which shouldn't be wasted when millions...
I have watched many an election in my life and I am always amazed by the low voter turnout. Do we stay home because we don't know what to do, or is it because we feel our one vote won't make a difference?