Rock the vote
by Deirdre McMurdy, Sympatico / MSN Finance
In the aftermath of the recent federal election, there's been a lot of musing and muttering about the low voter turnout - especially among young Canadians.
A couple of points worth considering for context:
1. In the U.S., for all the fuss about how Obama inspired a nation, only 52 per cent of Americans voted. Roughly the same number that voted for Richard Nixon.
2. For young people who grew up in the 1990s, it's no surprise that political engagement doesn't really happen. They came of age at a time when big government was aggressively downsizing and withdrawing from their lives.
3. A generation that's grown up with instant access to a whole lot of different voices and views, is less inclined to see the relevance of central authority that's delineated along partisan political lines.