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April 1, 2015—Youth Engagement in the Democratic Process

April 1, 2015—Youth Engagement in the Democratic Process

The Senate Liberal Caucus once again opened our doors to parliamentarians, the public and the media to discuss issues of national importance through our Open Caucus. These meetings are intended to be non-partisan, and we encourage parliamentarians and their staff from all parties to attend.


On February 25th of this year, our Open Caucus looked at Youth in the Economy. What we found is that youth are facing higher unemployment/ underemployment; they are paying more for an education that is becoming less valued in the job market; and soaring home prices and student debts are forcing them to delay starting a family. When our witnesses were asked what young Canadians can do to change these circumstances, they answered with one voice- “vote.” Canadians 18-24 have the lowest voter turnout of any age demographic in the country. We need to increase the Canadian youth participation in the next federal election and beyond. We are proud to hold this meeting in conjunction with student representatives from Queen’s University’s Model Parliament. They feel it is important that all youth, not just those found on campuses around Canada, actively engage and speak out for their future.

Witnesses included:

  • Jean-Pierre Kingsley, Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer from 1990 to 2007
  • Lucia Guerrero & Kristen Olver, Queen’s University
  • Ilona Doughtery, Founder of Apathy is Boring
  • Katelynn Northam, Eastern Regional Organizer, Leadnow


Wednesday April 1st, 2015
9:30 am – 11:30 am
Room 160S, Centre Block


Senator Art Eggleton, Co-Chair, Open Caucus
Senator Claudette Tardif, Co-Chair, Open Caucus

To listen to the audio of this meeting please choose one of the options below:

Floor feed (English and French)

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