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Everything you need to know about the federal election
by Ally Buso | October 8, 2019

We are the most important generation right now.

Calling all Humber College and University of Guelph-Humber students! On Oct. 21, the Canadian federal election will be taking place. It is more important than ever for students to stay informed and vote in this election. For the first time in history, the Millenial and Gen Z demographics will outnumber Baby Boomers in the total number of voters. We have the power to make some real change in the country and around the globe. And it starts with you! 

Chances are you have some questions about voting. Maybe you recently turned 18 and this is your first time voting. Perhaps you are a veteran of the voting world but want to know more. Whatever your situation is, we got you. Now I know politics can be complicated; there is so much information to sift through and it can seem overwhelming. But we’ve made it as easy as possible for you to go from confused to confident. 

If you are eligible to vote, here is your guide to the Canadian federal election:

Where can I vote?

There are a number of ways to vote. You can either vote on election day (Oct. 21) at your designated polling place, or you can vote in advance on campus until Wednesday, Oct. 9. 

 

photo of a polling station
Photo by Elliott Stallion on Unsplash

There will be on-campus voting available at both the North and Lakeshore campuses from Oct. 5 to Oct.9th. 

Lakeshore | Room A1070

  • Saturday, Oct. 5,  9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 6, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Monday, October 7th, Tuesday, October 8th, and Wednesday, October 9th, 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

 

North and UofGH | Boardroom B101

  • Saturday, Oct. 5, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 6, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 7, Tuesday, Oct. 8, and Wednesday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Election Day, Oct. 21

How do I vote?

Not sure if you are registered to vote or still need to register? Elections Canada website has all the deets!

If you haven’t registered to vote, you can do so either online or you can register to vote on campus on one of the voting days. 

The only thing you will need to bring with you is one piece of government-issued ID. This piece of ID needs to have your address on it. Are you an out-of-towner? Same! There’s no need to legally change your address for this one. Just be sure to bring either a utility bill, bank statement or lease with your current address on it along with your piece of ID. You can even use your student card! Expired ID is also accepted so long as it has your name and your current address on it. Find more on ID requirements at Elections Canada.

 

button with words "I voted"
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Who do I vote for?

Now isn’t that the question we’re all wondering.

Figuring out who to vote for can be tricky. There are many things to consider before you cast the ballot. Three questions to ask yourself before you vote are:

  1. Which party platform aligns (or closely aligns) with your views.
  2. Whether you believe the leader of the party will keep the promises they are making. For example, do you think the leader is trustworthy?
  3. Whether the MP (aka Member of Parliament) will advocate well for your riding.

There are six main political parties to vote for in this election:

  • The Liberal Party of Canada, led by Justin Trudeau
  • The Progressive Conservatives (sometimes called the Tories by certain media outlets), led by Andrew Scheer
  • The New Democratic Party (NDP), led by Jagmeet Singh
  • The Green Party, led by Elizabeth May
  • The People’s Party of Canada, led by Maxime Bernier
  • The Bloc Québécois, led by Yves-François Blanchet

 

The 6 leaders of the parties running of election in the Canadian Federal Election
Photo Courtesy of the Toronto Star

How do I decide on my vote?

Before you decide who to vote for, you need to figure out what your values are. There are a number of hot button issues in this election, but young voters are particularly concerned with climate change, education, health care and immigration. A fantastic resource to help you figure out where you stand on these issues is the CBC Vote Compass. The Vote Compass will ask you a series of questions. You can either agree or disagree with each statement. At the end of the quiz, it will show you where you stand and which party your views most align with. 

I find choosing this way to be the easiest if you aren’t sure. Decide which issues you think are the most important and pick based on the platforms for each party. For more on the platforms of each party, Maclean’s did a fantastic article rounding up all of the campaign promises.  

 

 

a hand place a ballot in a ballot box
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If you’re voting in your home riding, consider how your MP plans on improving your local area. I come from Northwestern Ontario, so our MP tries hard to advocate for the rural parts of Ontario that are often neglected (especially at the provincial level). This should be something you keep in the back of your head as you go to the polls. If you want to find out more about the candidates in your riding Global News has you covered!

Looking for more resources? GoVoteCanada.ca has a bunch of information tailored for young people on how to figure out who you should vote for!


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