What started as a rant by Canadian comedian Rick Mercer on youth voting has ballooned and now includes a group here in London.
Now that group wants the man who started it all to attend a rally they have planned for April 30 at Victoria Park.
Called the London Vote Mob, it’s formed by young Londoners who want to get youth off their butts and into the voting booth on May 2. A mere 40 per cent of those 18-25 voted in the 2008 federal election, according to Elections Canada.
“We’re so lucky. What’s 20 minutes out of your day to do something that people all over the world are dying to do?” said Craig Hunter, organizer of the London Vote Mob.
“If we showed up in record numbers, you’d better believe next election the political parties would be presenting a very different platform,” he said, adding that youth-oriented issues like the environment aren’t on the radar this election.
Vote mobs started last month when Mercer issued a call to action for young voters in one of his popular Rick’s Rants. Since then, more than 50 vote mobs have sprung up nation-wide.
By coincidence, Mercer is in town Friday and Saturday for a fundraiser at Centennial Hall. Hunter said they’ve invited him and hope he’ll attend.