The Power of Young Voters This Election

Updated: May 31

This piece is authored by Megan Bureau, read her bio below!


This year, the Canadian Federal elections will be taking place on October 21, 2019. Historically, the prospect of politics has intimidated young Canadians who have, at times, been marginalized and/or belittled by older generations. In July 2018, Canadian youth aged 15 to 29 represented 19.2% of the total Canadian population (1). Surpassing 7 million in number, Canadian ‘Gen Zs and Millennials’ will constitute the largest voting bloc in the 2019 election (1). This year, we have the power to make real, legitimate changes to our governmental system and our society at large. If the young people of Canada come together and demand change, the federal government will be forced to listen. We need to make our issues their priorities.


Canada’s young people have an incredibly important duty to use their vote wisely to bring in a political party who has our country and our world’s best interests at heart. However, before one votes, one must first understand the power of voting. By using resources such as Shake Up The Establishment, a youth led organization, to conduct their research on each political party and their plans for the future, Canadians can become well-informed and vote according to the most pressing needs of Canadian society.

The Climate Crisis is the single biggest issue facing our world today. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. For the last couple of decades, members of our population have demanded political world leaders to address these issues and take action to combat climate change. However, we have seen how older generations are unwilling to listen to our demands. Enough is enough. The time has come for the youth to rise up and take control of our world. The power of youth activism has already been seen around the world through mass school strikes and protests for the sake of the climate. It is empowering to see young people around the world lifting each other up and coming together to fight for our collective futures and humanity as a whole. As the Canadian federal election nears, we should be keeping the climate crisis in mind while we cast our votes for the next leader of this nation. Every vote matters. We have the power to change Canada for the better. Whether you are living at home or abroad, it is your duty to use your right to vote to take matters into your own hands.

Make your voice heard! Make your vote count!


Author Bio:

Megan Bureau is a freshman at Queen’s University and majors in Global Development Studies. She is extremely passionate about global issues, particularly the climate crisis, and recently founded a youth led organization called Conservation Conscience which is dedicated to fighting for Climate Justice! 


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References

1. https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/11-631-x/11-631-x2019003-eng.htm

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About Us

Shake Up The Establishment is a youth-led, registered (#1190975-4) national non-partisan non-profit organization that operates within the geographical confines of what is currently known as "Canada", but what is referred to by its First Peoples, as Turtle Island. Indigenous peoples have inhabited Turtle Island for over 10,000 years, and were the sole inhabitants less than 500 years ago. We acknowledge that our address resides on Treaty 3 land, and is the traditional territory of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas Peoples. Turtle Island is still home to many Indigenous peoples and we at SUTE are thankful to be able to live, learn and work on this territory, whilst continuing to create meaningful change for the climate justice movement. We are aware that our actions as an organization and the work we put out have an impact on our land, and on all that inhabit it. We are humbled to be able to follow the lead of centuries long Indigenous-led efforts towards the protection and stewardship of this land and the people that inhabit it. We are committed to continually evaluating & decolonizing our practices, and we do our best to incorporate the lived experiences of the land defenders and protectors within our work. We also want to honour the voices of Black, and non-Black people of colour within our work, and continually recognize their resiliency in the face of years of systemic oppression as imposed by the Canadian state.

 

Our enterprise is inclusive of all folx who call the geographical confines of what is currently known as Canada, home, and we celebrate the horizontal learning that comes from our diverse identities. As an organization, we will try our utmost best to ensure that only individuals with lived experiences are speaking on behalf of their communities, while still recognizing that Black, Indigenous and communities of colour as well as the LGBTQ2S+ community, are not a monolith. We firmly believe in accountability, and commit to being as transparent as possible in our activism space; to research our topics well, support and centre community care, and minimize any harm, no matter the intent. We have strict policies and procedures to uphold these tenets, and update these on a yearly (or as-needed) basis.

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