Elections Canada bureaucrats are going to spend between $100,000 and $250,000 to figure out why so many young people are not bothering to vote.
Great, another massive waste of tax dollars, from the folks who brought you election gag laws.
First off, why do these bureaucrats even care about the voting habits of Canadians?
Seems to me, the people at Elections Canada should solely concern themselves with the nuts and bolts of doing their job - ie make sure there are enough ballots printed.
Whether or not people decide to vote is a personal matter and none of the government's business.
Besides I can guarantee you that after spending all that money, Elections Canada will decide that it should spend yet even more taxpayer money on some lame-brained media campaign urging young people to vote.
It will likely feature some unknown Canadian rap singer saying something like: "Hey kids, voting is cool!"
And it won't work.
The fact is young people are politically apathetic for a very good reason: they don't like the political choices being offered.
No amount of Elections Canada hectoring is going to change that.
Young people will only vote in greater numbers if politicians inspire them to vote.