Youth of Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound would like to invite other youth and the public to an All Candidates Debate hosted at Launch Pad Youth Activity and Technology Centre, 612 10th Street Hanover, on Monday, May 14 beginning at 7 p.m.
The format of the evening will be divided in two 45 minute sections. The evening will begin with the candidates debating three questions that have been created and supported by youth across the Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound riding. These questions will be emailed to each attending candidate prior to the debate. The second portion of the evening, candidates will debate questions from the audience.
“Engaging youth in the democratic process is essential to the health of our democracy and doing so will ensure strong defendants of our democratic institutions in the future,” said Youth Organizer, Liam Kelly. “Youth are not only the leaders of the future but the leaders of the present as well. The organizing team is proud we are able to host this event and I hope to see you there. We are relevant, we are strong, and we are worthy of discussion,” he added.
"It is important to know that adults, especially those in power, respect our concerns and perspectives on issues taking place in our lives. This level of communication about topics that [we] as future voters are passionate about sets a precedent as a leap in youth engagement,” said Youth Organizer, James Okumoto Stocovaz.
Under the Government of Ontario, youth are defined as individuals 29 and under.
“I want to make it clear, staff at Launch Pad are only providing event space and logistic support to the youth hosting the All Candidates Debate. It is the youth of Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound that are bringing forth the issues presented to the candidates and we support them in this endeavour 100 percent,” said Emily Morrison, Executive Director, Launch Pad.
Launch Pad is for youth 12 to 18 year olds and offers after school and evening programming focused on skills-based learning and connecting youth to related employment opportunities. Launch Pad encourages youth to gain the skills they need to become active and contributing members of their communities.
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