As part of ongoing discussions in Social Studies, ELL and other classrooms, our students have been engaging in the issues, the candidates, the political parties and their platforms for the upcoming Canadian federal election. While voter turnout in the 2015 election was the highest since 1993, only 68.5% of Canadian citizens who were eligible to vote participated in the last election. In 2008, voter turn-out in Canada was an all-time low of 58.8%.
Voter turnout in Canada is often lowest among young voters aged 18 to 24; typically under 50% and, at times, much lower. In a healthy democracy, citizens are engaged and thoughtful about important issues and actively participate in elections by voting. At Richmond Secondary School, we have participated in all of the recent Student Vote campaigns to help educate our students and to encourage them to vote using real/replica ballots for actual candidates in our local constituency. Hopefully students will learn from these experiences and choose to vote in elections once they are eligible in the near future.
RHS students can vote for the RICHMOND CENTRE federal candidate and political party of their choice in our school library on October 16 and 17. We will publish our school results just after the October 21 election.
Learn more at: https://studentvote.ca/canada/