Thanks a heap, Rick Mercer – the students might actually vote

Oh geez, Rick Mercer, what have you started?

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There you were on national television urging Canadian kids to get off their butts and vote.

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And suddenly students across the country, inspired by the way kids the University of Guelph reacted to your rant, were putting together these things called vote mobs.

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The students at the University of Victoria did it.

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The students at the University of Ottawa did it.

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The students at UNBC did it.

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So did students at the University of Calgary and at McMaster University and at McGill University.

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And more vote mobs are being planned at the University of Waterloo, and Queen’s and Carleton and the University of Toronto and Yukon College and UBC.

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They’ve even got a web page.

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And they are using Facebook and Twitter to organize these things.

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Now, if there is one thing worse than having mobs of unruly kids expressing an interest in democracy, surely it’s having them actually take part in an election.