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Old People Vote Like Crazy, Now Will Crazy Young People Vote?

April 21, 2011

Hey “YoungPeople™”,

I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed this but…there are a LOT of old people around. By young people I’ll be very broad here and say everyone who is young at heart and/or under 35 (I’m in there somewhere…ahem).

Basically, the people in the 1950’s were so happy after the war that they had a lot of babies and now those babies and reaching retirement in mass numbers.

And you know what? Old people vote like crazy.

So it’s no wonder that politicians who want to get elected talk about things old people worry about (like pensions, healthcare, taxes, pensions, prescription drug plans. Those  are all…you know great. Just, great.). But if you are young and want politicians to talk about things that interest you (like say: education, jobs, democracy, equality, the environment, drug enforcement, education, addiction treatment, jobs, transportation, mental health, the environment …) then you need to vote. Like these crazy people at UBC have promised to:

Wow, go UBC! Your move UofT. Your. Move.

But frankly, if you’re reading this blog, the chances are you are already going to vote anyways.

So, why am I even talking? Shouldn’t I be working on my thesis? Yes, getting back to it any minute now.

But apparently it isn’t university graduates or students or the politically active who are dragging the youth vote stats down. So if you’re in university or college you are as likely to vote as the rest of the population. The problem is everyone else. So what we all need to do now is share videos like this and these on facebook so our old high school friends can see them. We need to talk to people we know who are less interested in politics and convince them that no matter who they vote for, the politicians are never going to start talking about the things young people care about until we start voting for and against them.

So you know, let’s do this thing. The election is May 2, so you have less than two weeks to convince a couple of your cynical, apathetic, no-one-person-can-make-a-difference friends to drag up enough belief to actually mark that piece of paper. You can do it, you’re super-persuasive. I believe in you.

To prove that, here’s a gift…sorry.

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  1. Anonymous permalink
    April 21, 2011 3:09 pm

    Youth of Canada – get off your butts and vote!
    ~ From an “Old” Canadian who well remembers the 60s and what it felt like to be politically engaged, to rise up and to change the world. It’s also a sure way to oust the Conservatives – check the age of their membership base 🙂

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