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Canada: Election Turf Wars Erupt Among Candidates

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TEHRAN, April 21 (ICANA) – The Canadian parliamentary elections are scheduled for May 2nd and voters are already being bombarded with TV advertisements.
Thursday, April 21, 2011 10:43:49 PM
Canada: Election Turf Wars Erupt Among Candidates

Some of these ads however have turned into personal attacks campaigns.

The political participation rate in major Canadian elections has been steadily declining in the past 20 years. This is especially true regarding young voters.

The attack ads are trying to heat up the election campaign but it seems hat that voter apathy is still pretty strong. In the last parliamentary elections in 2008, voter participation was 58%, with only 40% of Canadian youths coming out to vote. With less than two weeks to go to next elections, there are alternative movements trying to increase voter turnout.

One such movement is the Vote Mob campaign in which students run across campus and flash signs saying they plan to vote. The movement has already spread to 35 university and college campuses across the country. The events are then filmed and shared via social networking sites such as Facebook.

Whether these efforts are enough to galvanize Canadian youths remains to be seen.

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