Although they do not have the right to vote in Ontario County, some students at Windsor-Essex High School are still voicing their concerns.
Two years after the global epidemic, young people who spoke to CBC News say that more than ever they are deeply aware of the impact of government decisions on their daily lives. And now, in the midst of a recovering economy, many of them are worried about it access to higher education և: housing:as well as affordable healthcare.
Even though the 17-year-olds interviewed by CBC News are turning 18 in the next few months, they will not be able to vote for the political party that best suits their future. They said it was disappointing that their vote would not be taken into account or that they would have to deal with an elected party for the next four years.
“The government is influencing us,” said Kayla Kwiatkowski, 17.
“No matter how you look at it, the government will affect your daily life.”
Kwiatkowski, a 12th-grade student at St. Thomas Vilanova Catholic High School in Laszale, said he was particularly interested in a better pharmaceutical program in Ontario.
Some residents are currently eligible for the Ontario Drug Benefit Program, which covers most of the cost of about 5,000 prescription drugs.
People under the age of 24 who do not have insurance through a private insurance plan are covered by this plan, according to the government’s website.
By: latest drug report According to the Ministry of Health for 2015-2016, about 2.2 million people in the state are uninsured.
In addition, a 2015 study of drug prices showed that Canada had the second highest cost of medication for common conditions such as high blood pressure և cholesterol.
The issue is personal for Kvyatkovsky. He said that one of the family members has diabetes, and without the health benefits, the cost of the medicine would be unbearable.
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When 17-year-old Hamza Hamoud went to fetch food or fill up with gas, he said he noticed how much the cost of living had risen.
“I’m thinking about economics,” said Hamoud, who attends Islamic High School in Windsor.
“You see, when you start buying goods yourself, paying the bills, I see that inflation … the price has doubled.”
In April, Canadian statistics showed that prices are close 6.7% more than they were this time last year. According to the data collector, this is the highest inflation in the last 31 years.
In the face of rising costs, these students also plan to attend post-secondary education, which they say has not become more affordable.
“As a high school student getting a high school diploma, I’re really looking at the sheer amount of student debt that goes into each student who chooses that higher education,” said 17-year-old Kristan. Abdel Satter.
“The future of this country needs to have some support from government officials to develop our knowledge, to contribute to Canadian society, to the economy.”
Kwiatkowski also said that school expenses, as well as the lack of affordable housing, have a significant impact on his education decisions.
“I can not go to college, the college I want, because I can not afford it,” he said.
Should the voting age be reduced?
Meshal Avan, communications manager with the future majority, told CBC News that his organization was in favor of lowering the voting age from 16.
The Future Majority is a national, non-partisan organization focused on encouraging young people to vote.
“We know that young Canadians are more politically active now than ever before. “They are talking about politics, they are protesting more than the older demographics,” he said.
“If we lower the voting age, we will see action on these big issues that affect all Canadians.”
He said that when young people are engaged at a younger age, it will allow for “long-term democratic involvement”.
“We have decades of research showing that when young people are engaged early on, you are actually creating a generation of lifelong voters,” he said, adding that it “threatens democracy” and increases the burden if young people are involved in the conversation. They are not. .
The teens interviewed by CBC News said they felt ready to vote and that not being able to do so was frustrating.
“It definitely feels very isolated,” said Abdel Sutter, who turns 18 just weeks after the June 2 state election.
“Even if, say, I agree with the political party that wins, it still seems as if someone is forcing me to do something without saying anything at all.”
Abdel Sutter said he wanted to see politicians included in the conversation, including those who were unable to vote.
“State officials must raise the voice of the youth in the political field, starting from high school,” he said.
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