Youth Leadership Mentorship
Due to the divisiveness, finger-pointing, name-calling, and the overall poor state of political discourse in Alberta today, as is the case in many other jurisdictions across Canada and the world, and as is particularly evident in our neighbour to the south, young people are disinterested and do not participate in the political process as much as they ought to. One could say that the leaders of tomorrow are politically apathetic! Instead, young people spend their energies and volunteer their time supporting specific causes or taking on social justice, environmental or community advancement-type initiatives. They are certainly active, albeit not politically. This apathy has traditionally encouraged politicians to ignore young people's priorities and, at times, even adopt policies that run counter to their interests without fear of electoral reprisal.
Mo believes that tomorrow’s leaders need to be engaged, today, for they should have a say in shaping their own future. Alberta’s youths can put forward their own vision for what their province should look like in 10, 20 and 50 years, a province that looks like them, shares their values, and acts on the priorities they identify. They can oppose platforms or policies that play to, or propagate prejudice, scapegoating, and division. If young people mobilize, they can force politicians of all political stripes to become better listeners, to talk and discuss (not shout), to look for solutions rather than paying lip service to the issues and just doing what is politically convenient or safe.
Former Edmonton-McClung MLA, Mo Elsalhy, wins the Alberta Party nomination to run in the constituency of Edmonton-South West in the 2019 provincial election.