OTTAWA – On October 5, polling stations opened at 40 campuses across the country. Brigette DePape and other young activists participated in “Storm the Dorm” at university campuses to boost youth voter turnout.
“Over 80% of young people want to see a change in government. Our generation can make that change happen by voting,” says Brigette DePape, the Council of Canadians Youth Vote Campaigner who first gained prominence in 2011 as the rogue page holding a “Stop Harper” sign.
“Voting is an essential step to get the government you want,” adds DePape. “Despite the Harper government making it harder for us to vote, young people are going to be the game-changers nobody saw coming.”
These events are a partnership effort between the Council of Canadians, the Canadian Federation of Students, the Canadian Labour Congress, Unifor, the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, and Check Your Head.
Participating universities included Simon Fraser University (Burnaby & Vancouver), University of Calgary, University of Manitoba (Winnipeg), University of Toronto and UT Scarborough campus, Concordia University (Montreal), McMaster University (Hamilton), and Western University (London).