08/12/2015 11:52 EDT | Updated 08/12/2016 05:59 EDT

Teen Candidate Makes A Run For Green Party On Montreal's South Shore

Radio Canada
Casandra Poitras wants to become the youngest candidate to run in a Canadian federal election.

Currently 17, Poitras is set to turn 18 on election day.

She has set her sights on a Green Party seat in the Longueuil—St-Hubert riding on Montreal's South Shore.

She still needs to collect the signatures of at least 100 voters to be able to run, but the young environmentalist is convinced she'll get them.

"I have nothing to lose. I'm confident, I have good values, I have a good education. I know I can bring change, and I'm going to do it," Poitras told Radio-Canada.

She began working for the Green Party as a volunteer for Daniel Green, the party's deputy leader and candidate in the new Ville-Marie—Le Sud-Ouest—Île-des-Sœurs riding.

Poitras fell in love with the work she was doing for the party.

Now, she said, she's ready to hit the ground running and take on far more experienced adversaries in her attempt to claim Longueuil—St-Hubert for the Greens.

"I told myself that it's one personality against another. They just have a bit more experience than me, but that doesn't mean my ideas aren't as good as theirs," she said.


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