But what are youth issues? Sometimes they are specific to a group of people, like the cost of tuition or finding a job relevant to your field of study, but most
"youth issues" are the same issues concerning all citizens. We're concerned about the state of our economy, about the environmental cost of our economy, about the state of our environment, about post-secondary education, about affordable housing and poverty. Youth issues are best understood to be Canadian, or Peterborough, issues.
Real talk here for those outside of the 18-30 voting bracket. At times, we may be looking further ahead (we're all just getting started in our electoral participation in Canada), but I can assure you we are just as concerned about the Job Market in Peterborough as anyone else in the area. We'd love to stay in Peterborough, but not many of us have the opportunity to do so. We love this city, and our country, and we just have some concerns with specific political issues.
Here is a big concern for us at Trent Votes, and for many youth in Canada: we're talking about our issues, but not many politicians are listening. Remember that declining youth voter turnout? Yeah, it turns out that Youth Apathy isn't the leading cause of this decline. The problem is our institutions, our leaders, our communities, and our candidates are not listening to what we have to say, and where we want to say it. At Trent Votes, we want to change this trend. We want to give young adults in Peterborough an opportunity to engage, and to have their voices heard.
Here's our PROPOSAL: you pick the questions
You can submit your questions for the debate in two ways:
Submit a question in person: on Sept. 16th stop by our table at Clubs & Groups day (visit the Trent central student association or Trent U politics society table). You will be able to fill out a card and submit it into our nifty box. It's that simple. While you're at it, you can stop by from 12pm-1pm and meet some of our local Candidates.
Submit a Question Online: We're all about the technology at Trent Votes. Visit our brand new submission form, fill out your name & question, and submit away.
Submissions for debate questions will close on October 1st at 12pm (Noon). You can submit as many questions as you would like. We only ask that you keep them relevant, keep it respectful (no personal or partisan attacks), and try to get to the heart of what really matters to you.
Not all questions will be selected for the debate, but we hope to have a representation of all the issues that really matter to YOU. Want to know more about the issues? Visit our resource page for a list of websites, quizzes, apps, local papers, and more. Invite your friends, as this is a unique opportunity for young adults and students to engage electoral Politics.