The 2015 federal election saw a significant spike in the number of young Canadians coming out to vote. Perhaps they were drawn to the Liberal Party’s promise to take their concerns into account (along with the savvy marketing), or they were nudged into voting by one of the many youth-driven civic campaigns. Whatever their motivations for coming out to the ballot box, young people are now watching to see how public policy might be shaped to address the unique challenges they face, in this era of great social and economic disruption. Our special Policy Options special feature will include articles on themes such as youth voter engagement, the safety of young Indigenous women and girls, what it’s like to be a young MP or a parliamentary staffer, and whether there’s a generational bias in policy-making.

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