VIDEO: Local Youth Voice Concerns to Federal Candidates
The Windsor-Essex Regional Youth Council is getting the ear of local candidates in the upcoming federal election.
It held a roundtable discussion Wednesday afternoon at the Children's Aid Society focused on four main issues; mental health, climate change, substance use and affordable housing.
During the 2015 election, the number of voters aged 18 to 24 jumped by 18 percent, compared to the 2011 election.
And millennials now make up the largest group of the electorate at 37 per cent.
Some of the youth during the roundtable, questioned the Conservative candidates, based on provincial cuts by the Ford Government.
The youth AM800 News spoke to were all undecided on which party or candidate they would vote for in the October 21 election.
19-year-old Sydney Brouillard-Coyle, who is undecided, says the youth need to do their research.
"We can't vote just based on one issue, that we need to look at the broad picture, we need to look at who is going to be best and you can't say I really don't want this leader so I'm going to vote for this other one, not knowing anything about them," she says.
Brouillard-Coyle believes many youth don't vote because they think it won't have an impact.
"A lot of people are like, why should I vote. In the first place it is not going to make a difference when in reality, if we look at the statistics, the people who choose not to vote could massively change the entire results of the election," she says.
26-year-old Malak El-Husaini, who is also undecided, says many youth don't vote because of broken promises.
"Especially with the way politicians like to lie and procrastinate or exaggerate what they would like to do," he says.
Another undecided voter, 21-year-old Amanda Abugu, says some politicians promise the world, knowing they can't follow through with it.
"They know the election is happening but nobody reaches out to them, nobody talks to them and nobody tells them this is going on, this is why it is important," she says.
Candidates from all four parties were invited. The three local NDP candidates (Brian Masse, Cheryl Hardcastle and Tracey Ramsey), two Conservatives and one Green attended.
The Liberals did not attend.