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From Where I Sit

November 26, 2008
by: Jim Birchard

Its what some people may feel is a very positive trend.
For the past number of years, people in all sectors of society have bemoaned the fact that our young people were not getting engaged in any form of political activity.
The results of this falls federal election showed a noticeable lack of interest by young people in the political process and young voters for the most part did not even show up at the polls to cast their ballots.
However it appears that when a government announces a plan that would directly impact young people, they are more than willing to get involved.
More than 100 thousand young people have begun a facebook campaign to try and get the government to change its mind on changes to driving regulations for teens.
The Facebook group was set up after the government proposed that drivers 19 and younger with a G2 licence would be restricted to only one other teen passenger.
The group now has more than 110-thousand members and is growing.
Premier Dalton McGuinty says the number of young drivers involved in a Facebook protest -- now numbering in the tens of thousands -- is a positive development.
He says that means young people are actively engaged in an important debate.
The premier says he is ``keen on hearing from these young people'' -- he just isn't sure where or how....
The problem is that Facebook is banned in Ontario government computers.

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