Thursday, June 16, 2016
The Amazing Youth Vote and How the Con Media Got It Wrong
About a year before the last election I decided the most useful thing I could do was to try to get as many young Canadians to vote as I could.
So together with many other people and organizations all over the country, I set out to convince them that if they didn't vote our country might die.
And their future could die with it.
And although I knew from the election results that it did work, now it's official.
Young Canadians did turn out to vote in spectacular fashion.
Droves of young voters showed up to the polls last October, leading to the biggest gains in youth voter turnout since the new millennium.
Voter turnout increased across all age groups, growing 7.6 percentage points overall between 2011 and 2015 elections, according to data released by Elections Canada on Wednesday.
The biggest gains were amongst youth between the ages of 18-24, which grew from 38.8per cent in 2011 to 56.2 in 2015.
And beyond the satisfaction of seeing the young and the boomers join forces to defeat Stephen Harper and his foul Con regime.
And give Justin Trudeau his surprising majority...
What also pleases me is remembering how the Con media didn't see it coming, and got it so wrong. With almost all of them back then claiming that trying to win the youth vote was a waste of time.
And David Akin even suggesting that the parties should forget about the youth vote.
While the “youth vote” is a perfectly suitable topic for a panel discussion at a conference of academics and activists, federal political parties with seven months until election day would do well instead to focus their energies on that group of voters that actually make a difference at the ballot box — namely, older people.
The facts are stark: Voter turnout rates in recent years for those 34-years-old and younger have been abysmal, much effort to the contrary.
And how wrong he was.
So when you see him and other members of the Postmedia gang attacking Justin Trudeau like a pack of rabid hyenas.
Just remember that they don't know what they are talking about, and they're just singing for their own survival...
And the best news? Seven months after the election those young voters are showing no signs of abandoning Justin Trudeau.
For according to the latest polling average at ThreeHundredEight.com Justin Trudeau's numbers are soaring way above the others.
The numbers continue to show that Justin Trudeau's Liberals are holding on to the new support they captured in the aftermath of the 2015 federal election.
The Liberals averaged 48 per cent in the month of May, up 0.6 points from where they stood in April.
Trudeau is still much more popular than he was on election night. And if an election was held tomorrow, he would win even more seats...
And since even more millennials will be eligible to vote next time, if they can join forces with the boomers like they did last time, the results could be even more spectacular.
We can make the Con media eat even more crow.
And bury the Cons once and for all...
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