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Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor

Petter's Perspective: Notes from the President

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Who will earn your one precious vote? Attend the debate and cast your ballot.

October 02, 2019

When it comes to voting, recent history confirms that we are ready.

In the 2015 federal election, Simon Fraser University had the highest voter turnout of any Canadian university. We were at the forefront of a tidal shift that saw a significant rise in the number of young voters: 57.1 percent, up from 38.8 percent in the election before.

Can we do it again on Monday, October 21?  Or rather, can you – voters 18 to 24 – maintain your momentum?

I urge you to try. Because it is only by casting your ballot that you will ensure a healthy and robust democracy that takes seriously and advances the interests of all citizens – including those of your generation.

We’ve seen an increase in youth activism this past year. Young people are confidently claiming their rightful place in the global political arena. But raising one’s voice is not enough. To make a difference, you need to ensure that you are represented by those who share your views and are committed to turning them into action.

To this end, the Simon Fraser Student Society and Graduate Student Society will co-host a candidates’ debate on Oct. 3 in AQ C9001 from 5:30-7:30 pm. This is your chance to hear from – and ask questions of – the candidates for the Burnaby North Seymour federal riding.

Free to attend, those interested can RSVP at: https://www.showpass.com/federal-election-debates-2019/

Advance polls will be established at SFU’s Burnaby campus for about five days two weeks prior to Election Day. Information regarding on-campus voting will be provided by the SFSS and SFU as it becomes available. You can also vote by mail at any Elections Canada office and on Election Day at a polling station in your area.

Be ready to vote. Make sure you’re registered with Elections Canada and stay tuned for more information about advance polling opportunities right here at SFU!