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Vote Against Apathy

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Published on Mar 30, 2011

Blog: voteagainstapathy.blogspot.com
Twitter: twitter.com/youthvotecanada

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[Image: Editorial cartoon. Political activists scream and wave signs while two trendy young women stand indifferently in the centre of the action. Text: "Do you, like, hear something?" "Oh, I think that's my new ringtone." Source: gazette.uwo.ca]
For years we've heard from the media that young people don't vote.  And why would we, in this kind of atmosphere?  From every corner we get the message that our voices don't count. 
[Image: A young woman, her mouth taped shut with the Government of Canada logo. Source: ccer.ca]
Whenever the media talks about young people, it talks about our apathy rather than our opinions.  Most of the political parties don't even talk about issues important to young people. 
[Image: A hand placing a ballot into an Elections Canada ballot box. Source: nationalpost.ca]
And I know personally, that every time I've cast a ballot, my candidate hasn't won.  So why do I keep on voting? 
[Image: Young man filling out a ballot in an Elections Canada poll booth. Source: skippy-posts.blogspot.com]
Because it's important that I make my government listen to my voice.  We're emerging from an economic crisis where young workers were the hardest hit.  I bet you have an opinion on that. 
[Image: Stephen Harper, Michael Ignatieff, Jack Layton, Gilles Duceppe. Source: Reuters]
This is a historic election--the first time a government has been taken down for contempt of parliament--you probably have an opinion on that too.  So think about it, learn about the issues, talk about it with people. 
[Image: Computer keyboard keys spelling out the word "vote". Source: mindyourmind.ca]
Go to candidates debates in your riding, or get in touch with the candidates and ask them what they can do that matters to you.  Most importantly, vote. 
[Image: black and red logo Text: "Stand up, Speak out". Source: monctonblogger.com]
If we can make our voices heard, the politicians will listen to us.  So fight against the apathy label.  Let's make this the election where young people take back our power. 
[Text: "Vote Against Apathy"]
Vote against apathy.

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