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Elections Canada Releases the Results of the National Youth Survey

OTTAWA, Thursday, November 24, 2011 – Chief Electoral Officer of Canada Marc Mayrand today released the results of Elections Canada's National Youth Survey, a study of youth and young adult participation in the 2011 federal election.

The survey reveals the important role that politicians and families play; youth who were contacted directly by candidates or political parties, or who discussed politics with their families, were more likely to vote. It also underscores the importance of political knowledge and interest in the decision to vote, reinforcing previous findings on the positive impact of civic education.

"This survey shows that when young people are interested and engaged in politics, they are more likely to vote. I believe that all of us teachers, parents and politicians have a role to play in fostering interest among young voters in participating in our democratic process and institutions," said Mr. Mayrand.

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