Laurence Chiasson, Aymeric Gaba et William Desmarais ont déposé leurs recommandations à des représentants jeunesse en vue des élections fédérales de 2019. | Laurence Chiasson, Aymeric Gaba and William Desmarais submitted their recommendations to youth representatives for the 2019 federal election.

Youth vision for greater environmental and social justice

Montréal, June 11, 2019 –   Today in Parliament in Ottawa, a delegation of young members of the 2019 Youth Priorities project – supported by Oxfam-Québec, the Girls Action Foundation, ENvironnement JEUnesse and the FTQ Youth Council – tabled its recommendations for the federal political parties’ electoral platforms, ahead of the Fall 2019 elections (disponible en français ici).

Laurence Chiasson, Aymeric Gaba and William Des Marais tabled the results of a youth consultation held on June 1, 2019 in Montreal with Peter Schiefke, Member for Vaudreuil-Soulanges and Parliamentary Secretary for the federal Minister of Youth, as well as with Anne Minh-Thu Quach, Member for Salaberry-Suroît and NDP critic for youth, and Gabriel Ste-Marie, Member for Joliette and Bloc Québécois spokesman for finance and commerce.

This consultation was part of a series of activities supported by Oxfam-Québec and its partners throughout the summer and during the upcoming federal election campaign, which are intended to encourage youth civic participation and stimulate their involvement in the electoral process, which has declined in recent decades.

Oxfam-Québec’s support for youth civic participation is an integral part of the pan-Canadian, non-partisan electoral engagement campaign by the Canadian Vote Coalition. Led by a coalition of more than one hundred Canadian organizations, this campaign is intended to encourage young Canadians to become informed, speak out, and vote in the upcoming federal election.

Next week, the Canadian Vote Coalition #cdnvote2019 will issue its first newsletter, with its official launch taking place later this summer.

Heeding the voice of youth

Oxfam-Québec and its partners believe in the importance of encouraging young people’s voices regarding issues of concern to them. As numerous United Nations reports have pointed out, young people are largely excluded from decision-making processes surrounding these issues, even though this demographic group constitutes nearly one-quarter of the world’s population.

However, young people will need to tackle the numerous social, political and environmental issues inherited from previous generations. Therefore and as recommended by the Secretary-General of the UN in his recent Youth Strategy, youth must be included in all discussions and decisions to ensure the implementation of solutions that are sustainable, inclusive and fair.