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Why Voting is Important
2016 U.S. Election
This piece was written for the 2015 general election in Canada, but the issues also apply to young American voters because mistakes or good things made by the next president after Barack Obama will affect them more, since they travel a lot backpacking or playing sports.
The U.S. has two sides like any coin. Some people around the world love it to bits and want to go to school or work there. Others hate it with a passion, making it dangerous for Americans travelling abroad.
Young Americans should go out and vote in large numbers so that they can proudly say: I voted for him or her, no matter what happens in 2017 and beyond.
Ten Reasons Why Canadian Young People Should Vote
The YouTube generation and anyone under 25 years of age should vote in the 19th of October, 2015 Canada federal election for many reasons.
You guys have no guarantee that you will get a job when you leave high school or college.
You have no guarantee that your parents’ business, which pays for your education will still be there in 2016.
If you have a student loan, you have no guarantee that you will pay it off, because you might not have a steady job.
You don’t know how much interest banks will be charging in five years’ time for business loans.
There is no guarantee that Canada will continue to have a minimum wage.
You have no guarantee that you will get computer-related jobs because of the high turnaround in the high tech industry.
Canadian, American and European jobs have gone off-shore (outside your country) to countries where workers are paid as little as $4 an hour.
You have no guarantee that you will always have Canadian citizenship. The government might take it away because you belong to a ‘suspect group.’
You have no guarantee that you might be able to bring your immediate relatives to Canada because immigration laws might change.
You have no guarantee that Canada will still be a stand-alone country in ten years’ time and not joined at the hip with the United States. Remember the European Union (EU) and its currency, the euro.
Free and Fair Elections
Canada is called a democracy because, one person or family does not rule for fifty or more years. Through elections, Canadians choose who they want to govern, in their provinces or in Ottawa, where the Prime Minister lives and works.
There is a federal election on the 19th of October 2015. Canadians will either choose a new political party to call the shots in Ottawa, or choose a new one.
Political parties are therefore looking for followers or page views. They hope that you will vote for them on the 19th of October. It is like Baldu (which is referred to as China’s Google), Twitter followers or ‘like’ on Facebook. You have a YouTube account? Great. Then you know what we are talking about.
You understand numbers and that is what politics is all about. The party with the most ballot box followers or page views will rule the country for a few years, and you will call the leader, Our Prime Minister of Canada.
You can do this.
You can vote.
You can go online and make sure you are a registered voter.
If not, get yourself registered.
I'm Too Young To Vote
Canadians aged 18-34 have always been less likely to vote than people 35 and up. This isn’t new.
This is what the Globe and Mail, one of Canada's daily newspaper wrote about Canadian youth. You are not too young to vote if you are planning a future.
You can decide who to vote for in provincial and federal elections if you are old enough to drive a car. Remember driving is a dangerous thing, because you don’t know the mental state of the guy behind you. He might have just lost his job or had his home re-possessed by the bank.
Therefore, you can definitely vote because life is as dangerous as Canada’s freeways or motorways. The government decides how we learn, live and love. You will life very difficult when the governments makes policies you don’t like.