Guest Column: Why The Student Apathy Toward Federal Politics?

By on January 1, 2012

By Alexandra Taylor. Why the student apathy toward federal politics? We’re the ones it directly affects. Who do you think controls the exorbitant tuition fees? Is the prospect of paying off a student loan for as long as most people pay off housing mortgages something with which you are happy?

What about trying to get an education, but being put on a waiting list, or, if you are rightly uncomfortable with the idea of loans, simply not being able to get any grants or bursaries for your tuition? Even if you can afford tuition out of pocket, factor in spending at least an additional $500 on textbooks for a single class. Add it up. The Harper government certainly has and, as a student, the equation is not one that benefits you.

Not only that, but getting involved in federal politics means that if you desire a better life for yourself, your family, neighbours, and a better world as a whole, your involvement – whether it be casting a ballot or even volunteering for your candidate’s campaign – means that you are playing a vital role in making sure that happens.

Canada is a country that is regarded as an exemplary beacon of human rights in the world, justice, and, until recently, environmental protectionism as well. Take action if these things matter to you. You truly have an impact with your vote.

You may feel that casting a vote might not matter or believe that politicians are out of touch, but what if, during an election, a candidate who represented values and your vision of what it means to be Canadian, on both a national and international scale, lost by a very slim margin to a candidate whose party stood at the exact opposite end of the moral spectrum, won?

Inaction means that that person is now your representative federally. Who will represent you then? Not someone with your concerns in mind.

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