Heard in the Hall

The Federal Elections

Josh Davidson, MA Media Studies
Casey Hill, BA Political Science
Cormac Meagher, Masters

The Link took to halls of Concordia to see what students had to say about the upcoming federal elections. While many of them plan to vote, we asked them why they think students are notorious for not voting. Here’s what they had to say:

“Students probably don’t vote because they feel they don’t have a reason to vote. Do you watch South Park? There’s one where you have the choice between a giant douche and a turd sandwich. It’s a good one. Basically they talk about the elections, about voting, and how the choice between both people sucks. That’s probably one of [the] main reasons for [students] not voting.”

— Cormac Meagher,
Masters in Engineering

“Part of it is that they don’t believe it matters. They have a vote, but at the end of the day it’s just a vote. It’s just one vote. What can they do? But, if you don’t do anything, then you’ll never really find out. I think the other reason is because they don’t think it matters, this coalition and stuff like that.”

— Casey Hill,
BA Political Science

“Je trouve que c’est un gaspillage de temps. C’est toujours quand quelque chose est proche a devenir conclut que l’opposition les arrête, il y a une autre election. Il y a eu, comme, sept elections dans les quatre dernières années, alors… J’en ai marre, simplement.”

— Marco Longinotti,
BA History

“I vote because I think it’s important to be involved in what’s going to be happening to you in your country, and the laws that are going to be governing it. But I think there is a disconnect. I think politics has become too formal, almost, and there is a link that’s missing between the population, the general population, and those people—the politicians.”

—Kaitlin Common,
BA Political Science

“I think people are just in their own world a little bit. They don’t see the importance of voting, maybe there’s apathy because there’s not a direct result, or they feel that one vote doesn’t make a difference.”

— Josh Davidson,
MA Media Studies