uOttawa president encourages young Canadians to vote

April 13, 2011

Students from a number of post-secondary institutions across Canada have staged, or plan to stage, "vote mobs" to encourage youth to participate in the upcoming federal election. In a video response to his school's vote mob, University of Ottawa president and former Liberal cabinet minister Allan Rock points out he worked on Parliament Hill for 10 years and went through 3 federal elections, "and I can tell you every single vote counts." Rock says that in the last election, just 37% of young people voted -- "we have to do better than that." He calls on all other university presidents to encourage their students to vote. uOttawa website | Globe and Mail | LeadNow.ca