Rick Mercer is one of the best known Canadian satirists. His comment on the next federal election is a clarion call to the unused freedoms of Canadian young adults – “If you are between the ages of 18 and 25, and you want to scare the hell out of the people that run this country, this time around do the unexpected. Take twenty minutes out of your day and do what young people all over the world are dying to do: vote.”
In a country where young adults are unmotivated to vote, its refreshing to find young politicians doing their best to get the vote out. Ryan Hastman is the Conservative candidate in Edmonton-Strathcona. I’ve known Ryan for over two decades. His ambition to be involved in politics has been formulating since he was a teenager. When his peers were tuning the electoral process out he was tuning it in. I was over at his campaign office recently and was impressed with the team he is developing. Lots of young adult men and women who are pounding the pavement to get the polls out in support of Ryan. He and his wife Lianne have been tirelessly putting in 15-hour days for the past 3 weeks, going door-to-door, talking to Edmontonians. Since he won the Conservative nomination 2 years ago, he has been around to most of the residences and businesses in his riding.  Ryan always has been a hard worker. It easy to see why people want to support him. He’ll be a hard worker for Edmonton-Strathcona and for all Canadians in Ottawa. In an era where the term “servant leadership” has been rediscovered, Ryan is humble example of what that is all about.  All I can give Ryan is an unsolicited vote of confidence.  He is worthy of that and much more.

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