the youth vote | April 13, 2011

Rick Mercer: To Canada's Politicians, Young Voters Might as Well Be Dead.

Rick Mercer's trademark rants are all infectious energy and stinging truth wrapped up in 28 layers of funny. They consistently nail the political mood of this country, and they remind us, on a weekly basis, why he's Canada's leading satirist. In his latest, he takes aim at the federal election (our third in five years!) and the "disappointing" youth vote. Canada boasts over three million eligible young voters. But, to the major political parties, they might as well all be dead. The conventional wisdom, adopted by the parties, runs like this: Young people don't vote in substantial numbers. Meaning no politician makes it a point to speak to their concerns, despite targeting every other conceivable voting group in Canada. Ending on a powerful, resonant note, Mercer challenges young Canadians to prove convention wisdom wrong: "If you are between the ages of 18 and 25, and you want to scare the hell out of the people that run this country, this time around do the unexpected. Take twenty minutes out of your day and do what young people all over the world are dying to do: vote."

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