Politicians are often accused of sidelining young people to focus on the “silver vote”, but Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is making a pointed effort to include his younger voters.
Speaking at the One Young World summit in Ottawa, Trudeau told youths he needed their help.
“Not just as Canada’s youth minister, but as the prime minister, I’m reminded each and every day how much potential lies in our young people, not just here in Canada, but right around the world.
“You’re each here to be part of something so much bigger than ourselves.”
Trudeau recently announced the launch of a new “youth council”, comprised of 16 to 24 year olds, who will advise the Prime Minister on national issues such as employment, access to education, building stronger communities, climate change and clean growth.
One Young World is a global movement that hosts an annual Summit to offer a platform for young leaders to network with peers from across the world, sharing ideas to develop solutions to address urgent global issues.