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CANADA: Your Choice, Your Vote…Your Grandparents?

Election “poster” spotted on facebook:

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This poster, being circulated online as hip and cool and edgy (I knew I wasn’t edgy enough!) tells young voters:  "You wouldn't let your grandparents choose who you date [no punctuation] then why let them choose your government [no punctuation]  Your choice.  Your vote.  May 2nd, 2011.  For more information, go to www.elections.ca"

As someone who is neither particularly old nor young (nor, apparently, edgy), I really, REALLY hope this is not an official government publication or meme.

If my grandparents were still alive, I hope I would have trusted their ability to make wise choices.  About government and maybe even about my dating life.

I might have even asked them - based on their  lifetime of experience - how they were planning to cast their vote.   Isn’t that what we should be telling young people?  “If you don’t know how to vote, if you’re too apathetic to stop off in a local public school on election day, ask your grandparents if they have a name for people like you.  Ask your grandparents what happens when people lose the right to choose their own government.

Like I said, I hope this is not an official poster.  But I wouldn’t be surprised if it was – a cheap crack at older people in the name of attracting young voters.  Is this really how we teach our kids to think about anyone past their prime?  I hope not.

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