Council On Youth Electoral Engagement

In the 2011 federal election, only 38.8 % of Canadians aged 18-24 exercised their right to vote. Despite repeated expressions of concern from elected officials, government officials, and community leaders over the past 20 years, broad and effective action is still needed to address the issue of youth voter engagement. This Council is being convened to ensure that immediate action is taken to engage Canada’s youth in the democratic process.

The Council on Youth Electoral Engagement is a non-partisan group of leading citizens from the fields of government, business, academia, journalism, and philanthropy. The Council members share a passion for youth engagement and democracy, as well as a desire to see action taken on this issue. The founding chair of the Council is Jean-Pierre Kingsley, former Chief Electoral Officer of Elections Canada and former President and CEO of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems.

The objectives of the Council are:

  • To promote awareness and action on the issue of youth voter engagement both during and between elections
  • To convene experts and practitioners in the field with the purpose of sharing knowledge
  • To ensure that effective practices in youth electoral engagement are widely applied and supported

Members

Jean-Pierre Kingsley
Founding Chair,
Chief Electoral Officer of Canada (1990-2007)

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The Honorable Lloyd Axworthy
Chancellor, St. Paul's University College, University of Waterloo

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ELISABETH GIDENGIL
Director, Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship, McGill University

PIYA CHATTOPADHYAY
Journalist, CBC Radio and TVO

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ROGER GIBBINS
President and CEO, Canada West Foundation (1998-2012)

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PENNY COLLENETTE
Adjunct Professor, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law

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FRANK GRAVES
President, EKOS Research Associates

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ANNE MCGRATH
National Director, New Democratic Party

RICHARD JOHNSTON
Canada Research Chair in Public Opinion, Elections, and Representation, University of British Columbia

PHIL FONTAINE
President, Ishkonigan Inc.
National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (1997-2000, 2003-2009)

TASHA KHEIRIDDIN
Writer, Broadcaster, and Political Commentator

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ANDRÉ BLAIS
Director, Canada Research Chair in Electoral Studies, Université de Montréal

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE PAUL MARTIN
Prime Minister of Canada (2003-2006)

 

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE KIM CAMPBELL
First Female Prime Minister of Canada (1993)

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THE HONOURABLE AUDREY MCLAUGHLIN
Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada (1989-1995)

 

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