In less than two weeks, New Brunswickers will be asked to choose who will govern the province for the next four years. In 2014, less than half of young people aged 18 to 35 voted. Your vote can make the difference.
What do I vote for?
New Brunswick is divided into 49 territories called electoral districts. Each of them elects each election, a Member of Parliament who represents them in the Legislative Assembly in Fredericton.
On September 24, citizens are asked to vote for the person who will best represent the interests of their riding in Fredericton. The provincial elected officials have a mandate to develop or amend the laws and establish the government budget in the areas of health, education, environment, and transportation, to name a few.
The elector will have to choose between the candidates. In the region, they represent four political parties, the Liberal Party, the Progressive Conservative Party, the new Democratic Party, and the Green Party. Whoever gets the most votes is elected.
The formations will try to win in the highest number of constituencies since the party with the most MPs will form the government, and its leader will be the prime minister.
In short, one more member or one less can separate the parties, and only one vote can result in a candidate or his opponent being elected. So if we push a little bit, your vote could be decisive in choosing the prime minister.
Who do I vote for ?
ATo choose who to vote for, you need to know your riding. Edmundston is divided in two; Edmundston-Madawaska-Center and Madawaska-les-Lacs-Edmundston. The Elections NB website makes it easy to find yours with your address.
This link will also allow you to know who the candidates are.
From there, you still have the most crucial step, to inform you on the platforms of each one of them. Most MP candidates have Facebook pages to follow their campaign.
You can also visit the websites of the different political parties:
- Liberal Party
- Progressive Conservative Party
- New Democratic Party
- Green Pary
The electoral compass is also a tool that can help you.
Where to vote?
To find out where you have to vote on September 24, you can consult the Elections NB website. You can also exercise your advance voting right on September 15 and 17, and we encourage you to do so.
If you are outside the region (for studies, for example), you can still vote in your "home" region by special ballot or on your campus.
But most importantly, remember that your vote counts!