Halifax, Nova Scotia, April 21, 2011—Issues on the minds of young Halifax voters were front and centre at a federal candidate exchange hosted by FUSION Halifax today.
Over 100 people turned out for the chance to mix and mingle with federal candidates from across the Halifax Regional Municipality.
“It’s important that young Halifax residents are actively engaged in the issues that impact our city and region,” said Jennifer Berry, FUSION Halifax Chair. “We wanted our members to have the opportunity to hear directly from candidates so that they can go to the polls prepared to make an informed decision.”
Candidates were asked to provide their position on a number of key issues, including: the Halifax convention centre; support for the arts community; career growth and development strategies for Halifax; effective immigrant retention; Canada’s reputation as a hindrance to global pollution reduction; and, approaches to reducing the burden on the Canadian health care system.
“Young voters need to be empowered to express their views,” added Berry. “We hope everyone who attended walks away with a commitment to stay democratically engaged.”
FUSION Halifax is an organization created by and for young people who are inspired to make their city a better, more sustainable place to live, work and play. Through its nearly 2,000 members, volunteer committees and dynamic networks, FUSION Halifax showcases existing opportunities - and unleashes new ones - that encourage civic and community engagement.
FUSION runs on the strength and energy of volunteers and with the generous support of organizations like Nova Scotia Come to life.
For more information or to join FUSION Halifax for free, visit www.fusionhalifax.ca.
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