There was a time when political affiliation was passed down through generations, when families stood by political parties through thick and thin. Today, young people are turning their backs on partisanship labels that would have them waving Liberal, Conservative or NDP flags. Youth regularly refuse to devote themselves to a single camp (only 1% of Canadians are members of political parties) and make their decision on election day, perhaps casting a strategic or single-issue vote, if they vote at all.
How are political parties responding to this new reality and working to garner the long-term support of Canadians? Is keeping options open good for democracy? Does partisanship increase with age? Can parties still win the allegiance of this youthful cohort, which will eventually make up the majority of voters?
Spur brings together a panel of politicians, journalists and pollsters to hash out the details.
David Alexander will provide a short performance prior to this event. Mr. Alexander’s performance is made possible thanks to the support of Access Copyright Foundation and the RBC Emerging Artists program.
- General admission: $15
- Students (with valid ID): $10
- April 10, 2016
- 1:15 pm
- Hart House Debates Room, 2nd floor, 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto