Vote like a geezer and change Canada’s future

An 11th-hour message to voters aged 18–30: in this election, you’ve got the power.

There are more young people (18–30) in Canada in 2015 (6.33 million) than people aged 65+ (5.78 million). Your involvement in politics could change the future of Canada.

The problem is, 18- to 30-year-olds vote like they’re almost 90. Not even half of you make it to the ballot box. Compare that to Canada’s seniors (65+), about three-quarters of whom vote. Why let them set the political agenda?

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It would be so easy to make your mark. There were more non-voters than voters in the last (2011) federal election. Most of them were… you! What do you think this chart would look like if three-quarters of 18- to 30-year olds voted?

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Take 20 minutes out of your day, go vote.

Armine Yalnizyan is a senior economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and business columnist for CBC Radio’s Metro Morning. You can follow her on Twitter @ArmineYalnizyan.

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