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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 16, Number 5, April 2004

Student Vote 2004 deserves our support

Student Vote 2004 is an organization dedicated to engaging young people in the Canadian democratic process. It is endorsed by Elections Canada and teacher organizations across the country.

Student Vote was highly successful in encouraging student participation in electoral activities during the 2003 Ontario provincial election. Over 335,000 students in more than 800 schools across Ontario voted for candidates in their school’s electoral district and some assumed the roles of returning officers and poll clerks. Seventy-five percent of the students who participated said they plan on voting in the future, a reversal of the current low voter turnout in the under-25 category.

Student Vote 2004 will provide non-partisan instructional resources, posters, and other support materials to middle and secondary schools at no cost. Schools across Canada are encouraged to participate in Student Vote 2004. More than 1,000 schools have already registered. To register, call 1-866-488-8775 or visit www.studentvote2004.ca.

CanWest Global liked the idea
Two young organizers of Student Vote 2004 travelled across the country building support for their initiative. They met with representatives of trustees, teachers, parents, the media and community leaders. They thought they had the support of media representatives. However since the tour, CanWest Global, owners of many of the newspapers and TV and radio stations across Canada, have announced their own version, called Youth Vote 2004. CanWest Global refused to cover the media conference in Ottawa announcing Elections Canada’s endorsement of Student Vote 2004.

Support and participate in Student Vote 2004. It is open, democratic, and endorsed by BCTF, CTF, and Elections Canada.

Do not support Youth Vote 2004.

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