Originally Published at londoncommunitynews.com
With education costs and youth employment rates on the table, Ontario youth leaders are working to encourage other young people to get out to the polls on June 12.
“There is a lot at stake in this election,” said Michelle Johnston, president of the Ontario Young Liberals. “I think a lot of people view politics as a separate entity in life that they can choose to acknowledge or not, but when you drill down you realize that it is real life.”
Chantelle Ivanski and Will Cockrell, members of the Western NDP club, are casting a ballot June 12 and advocating for the importance of the youth vote in the upcoming election.
Johnston became involved in government after beginning her political science degree at the University of Toronto.
Changes to tuition grants, OSAP funding and minimum wage are a few of the issues directly affecting students in the upcoming election. Johnston emphasized the need for a personal student connection to these kinds of specific issues. This connection is key to increasing youth voter turnout, she said, a number that has been low in the past, but one Johnston said is changing.
According to Elections Canada, about 34 per cent of youth aged 18-24 voted in the 2008 federal election and 39 per cent in 2011.