It's no wonder that, according to Elections Canada, only 37% of youth ages 18-24 voted in the last election in 2008. I didn't - but that's because legally I couldn't just yet!
This will be my first election where I able eligible to vote, and I would love to be able to exercise my right. The only problem I face, is that which many others my age are encountering as well - we simply do not know what is happening to make an educated decision.
Key Point: How can we get youth involved to take a stand? How can we make party platforms and political goals more transparent?
With the amount of time we spend on the daily on social media and the internet, you would think that it would increase our exposure to the world around us. Sure, Twitter keeps me updated mildly with its headlines appearing on tweets but in all honestly, I would have to say that I don't have much of a clue as to what is happening politically even within my own province.
It's no wonder that a party would want to strategically create a platform which would be given more attention to by those who are actually coming out to vote. Again, some of the blame for the turnout (or lack of) by youth may be due to ignorance and apathy but, some of it is a display of responsibility. We don't want to carelessly vote if we don't know the impact behind it and negate the vote of a citizen who is actively participating to see a change in what he/she believes in.
With regards to this election, I find it confusing as to how to make an informed decision. Some people are voting based on past performance (Liberals and their gas plant scandal and correcting actions). I've heard a bit about it here and there, but I don't understand what exactly happened. I think based on some of my views, I do lean slightly towards the left - but should I vote purely on ideology? Would that not be reinforcing what the Liberals done and supporting what they did?
What about the Conservative Party with Hudak? I hear that he plans to cut 100, 000 jobs to produce more jobs but on the surface I don't understand how that is supposed to work. And from what I gather the NDP party, which ideally could act as a third party and a way out from voting either Liberal or PC, they have a 'far fetched' platform which fails to take into the account the level of debt Ontario currently faces.
Honestly, I may not be a well informed citizen - but I am a University student who is fairly educated and yet I still find it incredibly difficult to understand the underlying issues that are present. If I don't understand what is happening, others must not either! Voter turnout has been consistently decreasing over these last few years, and I'm not surprised, seeing as everyone I have asked said that they will not be participating. No one knows what to do. Surely, there must be a way to help educate us 'youngsters' so that we can make an informed vote. If we continue to do nothing then we will not be given priority when it comes to decisions that could affect us, instead it will be solely the baby boomers who stand to reap the benefits of change.
So, will someone please weigh in and help to educate me?