2008 Federal Elections - Voters in Training is a phenomenal success!

    MONTREAL, Oct. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Voters in Training program, in which
thousands of young people throughout Quebec are participating, has a record
number of participants this year. In fact, 350 schools and youth organizations
are taking part in the 6th edition of this citizenship education program that
allows young people to follow the federal campaign trail and take part in a
mock election. Throughout Canada, thousands of schools are taking part in the
process thanks to Student Vote.
    Voters in Training has already allowed over 100 000 future voters to
discover democracy and our political institutions since 2001.
    "When we talk directly to young people and take time to exchange with
them, we find out that they are interested in politics and society's issues"
declares Laurence St-Denis, president of Forum jeunesse de l'île de Montréal
and spokesperson for Voters in Training. During the current electoral
campaign, voters in training are invited to participate in activities in their
schools or youth organization. They get initiated to politics by participating
in debates, by reading the paper and websites or by meeting candidates.
    "Thanks to the educational material developed by our program, young
people get to know our political and democratic system. Moreover, we supply
the electoral material so that young people can live a realistic poll
simulation. Through these tools, we wish for young people to develop the
knowledge, critical thinking and motivation to exercise their right to vote
when they turn 18", adds Laurence St-Denis.

    Who are we?

    Voters in Training is a non-partisan, non-profit citizenship education
program. It is coordinated by the Forum jeunesse de l'île de Montréal and is
carried out by the Centre de développement pour l'exercice de la citoyenneté
with the help of all of Quebec's regional youth forums. These partners work
closely with the Student Vote, an organization that encourages citizenship
education throughout Canada. Moreover, Elections Canada offers the electoral
material to participants free of charge.
    Voters in Training is carried out thanks to the funding from the
Secrétariat à la jeunesse through the 2006-2009 Youth Action Strategy. It also
counts on the precious collaboration of the Federation des commissions
scolaires du Québec, Quebec English School Board Association, the Conférence
régionale des élus de Montréal, the Regroupement des maisons de jeunes du
Québec and the Table de concertation des forums jeunesse régionaux du Québec.

For further information:

For further information: Christine Ebrahim, Public relations for Quebec,
(514) 268-4000, communication@citoyennete.qc.ca, www.electeursenherbe.com

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