From Lois Corbett, National Campaign Manager, Green Party of Canada.
The one bright spot from the leaders’ debates was the protest organized by our youth wing, the Young Greens. They refused to be silenced—and they dominated the front page of one Ottawa newspaper.
When I saw their picture on the cover, I felt my spirits begin to rise.
Because our young people are—quite literally—our future. And, wise beyond their years, they overwhelmingly support the Green Party.
One poll even put us “close to the range of a majority government” if voting were limited to Canadians age 18-25.
Problem is, as we all know, that youth are far less likely to vote than old fogies like me. They’re even more disgusted and disillusioned than the rest of us, and they face logistical challenges with things like voter registration and proper identification.
That’s why our Young Greens have come up with an innovative strategy to engage their peers and get them to the polls. It’s a multi-channel approach involving social media, flash mobs, great videos, and our new iPhone app.
Total cost to mobilize young voters? $33,000.
I’m asking you to donate your age to help fund this great initiative by youth, for youth. Between us, I’m sure we have more than enough years to reach our goal. I’m kicking it off with $48.
If you can make a larger donation—and are better at math than I am—why not multiply your age by the number of federal elections you’ve voted in?
I think you’ll agree it’s worth every penny to increase the participation of young Canadians in our democracy.