Yeah, yeah… Bla-bla-bla… promise this… attack that… my dad is stronger than yours… temper tantrums… All that’s missing is a kindergarten teacher and you’d have the set-up of your first year of school. It’s to wonder if they wet their beds at night. That’s right, we’re talking about politicians. Don’t worry, I’m not going to try to sway your vote folks. But Millennials, please read this… it’s for you!
According to Statistics Canada, in the 2015 election, the participation of voters aged 18 to 24 increased by 18.3 percentage points to 57.1% (from 38.8% in 2011). This is the largest increase for this age group since Elections Canada began reporting demographic data on turnout in 2004. But only 58.7% of eligible voters aged 25 to 34 took the time to vote in the same elections, an increase of 12.3%. While that’s a step in the right directions, it’s simply not enough. Why? Because more than two thirds of the eligible voters aged 45 and over go to the vote stations. Your voice isn’t being heard!
You find hard to follow politics? I can’t blame you. I’m well into my fifties and I’m struggling to make sense of the countless empty promises, the games played with taxpayers and our money. I too am delusioned about self-serving, egotistical and arrogant liars feeding us all a bunch of empty promises, most of which just to get in power, only to turn around and do whatever they want. I get it. But here’s the thing… historically, the people deciding on the elections are the 45 year olds and over!
So let me ask you a simple question:
“Would you let your grandparents decide on your wardrobe?”
Because that’s exactly what you’re doing when you’re not taking half an hour of your time to go out and vote. I really don’t care who you vote for, that’s not important. Have a quick read at their platform and go out there and vote for what YOU believe in. Letting old folks decide has a direct impact on YOU and YOUR FUTURE! By the time the damage is done, they will all be dead and YOU will be left with the debts and environmental devastation… because YOU didn’t take the time to vote!
Do it for your future. Do it for your family, for your kids if you so chose to have any. Ultimately, do it for YOU. You see, political parties, for the most part, don’t cater to you right now because they very much know who votes and who doesn’t… and they gear their political campaigns towards them, not YOU. So surprise them and show up in big numbers. Whether you’re a student or you’re in the workplace, they have to allocate time for you to go vote. DO IT! VOTE! And see what happens… wear what YOU want and not what your parents and grandparents what you to wear.
One last thing: Don’t buy into the “if you vote X, you’ll split the votes”. That’s the biggest crock out there. The ONLY way you’ll get those big political parties know that you’re dissatisfied is when they start seeing their number of seats go down drastically. Only then will they start listening to you and take you seriously. I’m part of the age group making decisions for you. Don’t allow it folks. You have a voice and make it heard. Happy elections and… see you at the polls.