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The kid stays in the picture: ensure the future of youth engagement

By Matthias Leuprecht, Sarah Bérubé, Tatheer Ali      

Canada should follow the European model and establish a youth-elected, institutionalized body responsible for ensuring youth issues are at the forefront of policy making.

The future of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council, which met with Justin Trudeau in Ottawa on June 13, is up in the air beyond 2019, and youth engagement should be formalized, say recent Young Diplomats of Canada delegates. Photograph courtesy of CanadianPM Twitter

As the prime minister ushers in his third cohort of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council, young Canadians should be asking what the future holds for the meaningful inclusion of youth voices in Canadian public policy. The upcoming cohort could be the first not to see the completion of their two-year term if a change in government occurs in 2019. Neither the NDP nor the Conservative leaders have indicated whether they would continue to make appointments to the Prime Minister’s Youth Council or if the council itself will continue to exist under their leadership, leaving the future of youth engagement in the highest levels of the policy-making process in limbo.

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