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‘Put on your pants, go vote’

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As evidenced by the recent scandal in Montreal where out-of-province students were claiming Quebec long-term residency so they could vote, it is clear that young people can make an impact in Quebec elections. In 2012, voters aged 18 to 35 turned out with a 22 per cent voter increase for the election, according to Sylvia Martin-Laforge, director general of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN).

A new campaign launched by the QCGN and the Directeur général des élections du Québec (DGEQ) called “Vote it Up” aims to encourage these Anglophone voters to throw some pants and get out the door to go vote on April 7. The campaign video shows a young man in his Montreal apartment having trouble making decisions in the morning and he ends up walking out the front door without pants on.

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Young anglos plan to make their voices heard

By Rosanna Tomiuk, The Gazette March 24, 2014 7:06 AM

I was discussing history with friends the other night and we didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when we discovered a certain truth. My friend observed that humanity goes through cycles. A generation goes to war, the following generation lives in peace, and the next forgets. Forgetting leads to war, and the cycle repeats.

I got thinking. My father’s family emigrated from Ukraine in times of war. My parents were born in Quebec and Ontario in times of peace. If the cycle goes — War, Peace, Forget — where does that leave me? Am I of the generation that forgets?

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Le QCGN lance la campagne Vote it Up 2014 avec la vidéo Put on Your Pants, Go Vote afin d’encourager les jeunes Québécois d’expression anglaise à aller voter

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Montréal – le 20 mars 2014 – Afin d’encourager les jeunes Québécois d’expression anglaise à aller  voter lors de l’élection provinciale, le Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), en partenariat avec le Directeur général des élections du Québec (DGEQ),  a lancé la campagne Vote it Up 2014 avec la vidéo Put on Your Pants, Go Vote. Cette campagne a comme objectif de mobiliser les jeunes à se rendre aux bureaux de scrutin le 7 avril.

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QCGN Launches 2014 Vote it Up Campaign: “Put on Your Pants, Go Vote” Video Encourages English-speaking Youth to Vote

Montreal – March 20, 2014

To encourage English-speaking youth to vote in the upcoming provincial election, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), in partnership with the Directeur général des élections du Québec (DGEQ), has launched its 2014 election Vote it Up campaign with its Put on Your Pants, Go Vote video to mobilize youth to go to the polls on April 7.

“Youth aged 18 to 35 represent 25 per cent of Quebec’s population. We can make a difference. We’re smart, we’re connected, and we’re aware of how powerful we can be,” says spokesperson Rosanna Tomiuk. “Through Vote it Up’s 2014 campaign and our social media outreach, we’re excited about the potential to positively impact the number of English-speaking youth who are getting involved and taking advantage of their democratic right to vote.”

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Vote it Up campaign encourages English-speaking youth to take initiative

By Sloane Montgomery, The Concordian

Montreal municipal elections to be held on Nov.3

With the municipal election growing closer, Quebec Community Groups Network’s (QCGN) Vote it Up campaign encourages students and youth to go to the polls on Nov. 3.

“QCGN is a not-for-profit organization bringing together 41 English-language community organizations across Quebec. Its mission is to identify, explore and address strategic issues affecting the development and vitality of English-speaking Quebec and to encourage dialogue and collaboration among its member organizations, individuals, community groups, institutions and leaders,” explains Director of Communications and Public Relations Rita Legault.

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Vote it Up campaign encourages English-speaking youth to take initiative

By Sloane Montgomery, The Concordian

Montreal municipal elections to be held on Nov.3

With the municipal election growing closer, Quebec Community Groups Network’s (QCGN) Vote it Up campaign encourages students and youth to go to the polls on Nov. 3.

“QCGN is a not-for-profit organization bringing together 41 English-language community organizations across Quebec. Its mission is to identify, explore and address strategic issues affecting the development and vitality of English-speaking Quebec and to encourage dialogue and collaboration among its member organizations, individuals, community groups, institutions and leaders,” explains Director of Communications and Public Relations Rita Legault.

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5% of Montrealers cast ballots in advance polls

[Voir la vidéo pour mention du QCGN]

Maya Johnson, CTV Montreal

More than 5 per cent of Montrealers have already made their pick for mayor, a slight increase over the number casting ballots in advance polls four years ago.

Advance polls are open in Montreal on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before the official vote on Sunday Nov. 3.

That turnout, however, is lower than what was reported in other cities across Quebec, with elections officials saying that more than 14 percent of Quebec City voters had already cast ballots, and around 7 per cent of voters in Gatineau and Longueuil showing up for advance polls.

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5% of Montrealers cast ballots in advance polls

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Maya Johnson, CTV Montreal

More than 5 per cent of Montrealers have already made their pick for mayor, a slight increase over the number casting ballots in advance polls four years ago.

Advance polls are open in Montreal on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before the official vote on Sunday Nov. 3.

That turnout, however, is lower than what was reported in other cities across Quebec, with elections officials saying that more than 14 percent of Quebec City voters had already cast ballots, and around 7 per cent of voters in Gatineau and Longueuil showing up for advance polls.

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Élections municipales: Le QCGN met en place un programme de jeunes ambassadeurs pour encourager le vote des jeunes d’expression anglaise

Montréal – le 7 octobre 2013 – En vue d’encourager le vote des jeunes d’expression anglaise lors des élections municipales cet automne, le Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), en partenariat avec le Directeur général des élections du Québec (DGEQ), lance sa campagne Vote it Up et recrute de jeunes ambassadeurs pour mobiliser d’autres jeunes à se rendre aux urnes le 3 novembre.

« Les jeunes sont plus disposés à voter et à s’impliquer lorsqu’ils sont directement interpelés par un confrère ou une consœur. Nous proposons aux jeunes recrues une série d’activités à mettre en œuvre dans leur communauté pour sensibiliser leurs camarades à l’importance de voter, » explique Rosanna Tomiuk, porte-parole de l’initiative. « Les jeunes âgés de 18 à 35 ans représentent 25 pourcent de la population québécoise, pourtant, aux dernières élections municipales, moins de 30 pourcent d’entre nous se sont rendus aux urnes ».

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Municipal Elections: QCGN Launches Young Ambassadors Program to Encourage English-speaking Youth to Vote

Montreal – October 7, 2013 –

In order to encourage English-speaking youth to vote in the upcoming municipal elections, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), in partnership with the Directeur général des élections du Québec (DGEQ) has launched the Vote it Up campaign and is recruiting young ambassadors to mobilize youth to go to the polls on November 3.

“Youth are more inclined to get out and vote and get involved when they are engaged directly by someone they know. We have proposed a series of activities our young recruits can implement in their community to educate their peers about the importance of voting,” explains Rosanna Tomiuk, the campaign’s spokesperson. “Youth aged 18 to 35 represent 25 per cent of the population of Quebec, but less than 30 per cent of us went to the polls in the last municipal elections.”

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