Listen up: the Ontario Election is TODAY. If you’re feeling anxious about the whole thing, you’re not alone. Right now, there is a lot at stake for young folks, which is why the stakes are so high. So here on Edit Seven, we’ve decided to break down just some of the reasons why your vote matters and if you’re still stuck on who to vote for, how to figure where you politically stand.
BUT SRSLY, MY VOTE DOESN’T MATTER
According to The Toronto Star, polling suggests that millennials are far more progressive than our parents. This means for the first time, the voices of young folks like you and me do matter the most in this election and could really shape what happens in the province. According to the latest Census data, there are roughly 3.5 million millennials in Ontario. So come on, don’t stand around and think that you don’t have a say. You absolutely, 100% do and you can make change. Even if it’s just with one voter card.
OK, SO WHERE DO I START?
Even though there are only 12 hours left in this election, you still have time. Anyone who is 18 years of age or older, a Canadian citizen and a resident of Ontario, can legally vote in this upcoming election. Head over to the Elections Ontario page and find out if you’re in the Elections Ontario database. For more details on how to register and what you need, check out all the details via Macleans.
Now that the hard part is over, you need to figure out who you’re going to vote for. Over on the CBC, they have created a handy Voter’s Compass which helps you calculate which political candidate and party aligns with your own views. While a tool like this may not be the most accurate, it will help you get a sense of what party and candidate aligns best with you. Then you can read further into their own platforms. Pretty no fuss, no muss.
WHAT’S AT STAKE DURING THIS ELECTION?
While a lot have compared this election to the American elections with Kathleen Wynne in the role of Hillary Clinton and Doug Ford in the role of Donald Trump. One thing is for certain, the cities most vulnerable will suffer the most during this election. Some of the things that are up for debate are social housing, refugee resettlement, sex-education curriculum, abortion rights for women and safe injection sites – just to name a few. As much as some people may be disappointed in the job Kathleen Wynne’s government did, we cannot and should not let our most vulnerable suffer at the hand’s of the government. Be informed and know how and what each party stands for because at the end of the day, it could affect you, your family or a loved one.
Don’t forget to head out to the polls on Election Day, which happens on June 7–TODAY! Polling stations will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and remember: you are legally allowed to take time off work to go to do this. So don’t make any excuses!
(Story by Contributing Editor, Ama Scriver)