"Our future is the future of our young people"

The pundits and strategists  agree - youth turnout could make the difference in this important election. That means that we have an incredible,  once-in-a-generation opportunity to change politics in our country for the better. A vote for Anita and Justin Trudeau is a vote for Real Change.

What will a Liberal government do to support young Canadians?
  • We will increase the number of jobs funded by the Canada Summer Jobs program by 35,000 each year.
  • Double the almost 11,000 Canadians who can access Skills Link each year. Skills Link helps young Canadians who may be at risk of not making a successful transition to the workplace - such as First Nations, Inuit, M├ętis, and persons with disabilities or single parents - find meaningful employment.
  • We will create 5,000 youth green jobs.
  • Invest $40 million annually to create more co-op placements for students in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business programs to help employers create new placement opportunities for students.
  • Waive employers' Employment Insurance premiums for a 12-month period on any net new hire of a full-time employee, aged 18 to 24, in 2016, 2017, or 2018. This will reduce costs to employers by approximately $80 million per year.
  • Work with provinces, territories, and post-secondary institutions to develop or expand Pre-Apprenticeship Training Programs.

Young Canadians have a lot at stake in this election, and it is too important to sit out. Take advantage of the Advance Polls this weekend and go cast your ballot for Anita! 

And if you can, contact the campaign to Help Get Out The Vote on advance polls or election day! 

**Advance polls are open today, Friday October 9th, to Monday October 12th! 
Make sure to cast your ballot for Anita!!**

"Our future is the future of our young people. It means giving them the right tools to succeed and to contribute to our economy,"

Justin Trudeau

Week 1: An event you do not want to miss

By now you've heard, Election 2015 is  underway, and the first week of the campaign is just about to come to a close. Throughout this campaign,  Anita will continue to do what she's already been doing for years: talking with residents of Ottawa West-Nepean at their doors, in the community and each week at Tim Horton's. 

If you were inspired by Justin Trudeau's performance in yesterday's leader’s debate, we have an event that you are absolutely not going to want to miss. On Sunday August 9th at 2:00 pm, Anita will be hosting a rally with Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau to welcome him to Ottawa West-Nepean! We will also be welcoming fellow Liberal candidates from across the Ottawa-Gatineau region. What  a perfect way to to kick off our campaign and to build the momentum for Real Change in our great riding and across the country. Join us this Sunday (August 9th) at the Ukrainian Hall located at 1000 Byron Ave. 

You can sign up for this FREE event here.

With the longest campaign in modern history ahead of us, this election promises to be like no other. Grassroots support, hope and hard work - are going to make the difference in the outcome of this election. The support from volunteers so far has been nothing short of amazing, and what we've already accomplished in Ottawa West-Nepean has been incredible. Make no mistake about it, winning campaigns is a team effort.  In yesterday’s leaders debate, Justin presented Canadians with his plan for Real Change, and people are listening. We need to work hard to share that positive message to every voter in Ottawa West-Nepean. If you'd like to join team Anita, please consider signing up to volunteer.

See you Sunday.

It's time!!

Mark your calendars because by-election in Ottawa West-Nepean has finally been set for October 19th 2015!! Yesterday,  Anita made it official by launching her by-election campaign in front of a huge crowd of supporters... It's time everybody!

Anita and her eager team of volunteers have already been working hard, and now have a firm election date to look forward to.  The goal over the  next 5 months is simple: work hard to elect Anita Vandenbeld to be a strong progressive voice for Ottawa West-Nepean. On  October 19th, we can make real and much needed change in this riding. But what we do between now and October  is crucial.   Elections are about earning votes, and to do that,  we need to get our message out to voters in Ottawa West-Nepean about our wonderful candidate, and Justin Trudeau's positive message of fairness for middle class families. To do that, we will need all hands on deck

Team Anita will be canvassing 6 days a week - and we would love to have you join our team of committed volunteers!

Check out  this recent article in the Ottawa Citizen about the extremely successful campaign launch that took place at Team Anita Headquarters (373 Poulin Avenue) yesterday:

With a great turnout and palpable energy in the room - we are going into this race strong, united, and with a whole lot of momentum! 

Yourth for Anita Presents: Top 5 Things About Canvassing

Summer weather has finally arrived!!  And that means that canvassing with Team Anita is in full swing . Come join us!  The Youth for Anita team has put together The Top Five Things About Canvassing, to show you why this is a great way to be involved:

1) Have a real impact on the outcome of the election! Going door-to-door and engaging with voters will help bring much needed change in Ottawa West-Nepean.

2) Meet great people.  By joining the canvassing team, you'll have the chance to meet amazing like-minded volunteers who share Liberal values and a passion for improving our country. Many great friendships have formed through the shared experience of canvassing! On top of that, it feels great to relax with your fellow canvassers over a drink or a bite to eat after a few hours of hard work.

3) Team canvassing is  great opportunity to get to know our amazing candidate Anita... Need I say more?

4) Get the chance to talk politics! Let's face it, we all love politics. And if you're reading this blog- you definitely love politics. One of the best things about canvassing is the fascinating conversations you have with voters at the door.  If you take the time to listen to their concerns and issues, you're guaranteed to learn something new and unexpected every time you canvass.

5) Great exercise. Walking and Knocking, is a fun way to stay active over  the summer months. And we all know how important that is!

The best part about joining Team Anita, is that getting started is easy! Check out our canvassing schedule:

Tuesday: 6 - 9 pm
Wednesday: 12:30 - 3:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 1-5 pm

All you have to do is drop by our campaign office, located at 373 Poulin Avenue (below Farmboy), half an hour before any of  these times to get started.

Trust me, it  was tough to compress this list down to five reasons. If we could add one more, its that canvassing is  a no experience necessary form of volunteering. The campaign team will set you up with all the materials, training and information you need to have a great canvassing experience. Any questions? Want to hear 5 more great things about canvassing? We want to hear from you:

Phone: 613 - 726 - 1196
Email: info@electanita.ca

BONUS #6) And we promise the weather will be much nicer than this now! 

Endorsement: Fawzi Ghosn

It's clear that Anita cares about the issues that are important to young people: jobs, education,  social justice and the environment -  just to name a few. Anita's inclusive approach to politics has resonated with many young voters in Ottawa West-Nepean.   

Today, we are very happy to share the story of Fawzi Ghonsn. Fawzi   - a local Young Liberal - wrote a great endorsement that explains why he is supporting Anita for Ottawa West-Nepean. Welcome to the team Fawzi!!   Keep an eye on the Youth for Anita blog to hear what young people in Ottawa West-Nepean are saying:

A mutual friend suggested I grab a cup of coffee with Anita at her usual place at the usual time - Wednesday at 5:00 pm at Timmies on Carling. What stood out right away was her genuine interest in what I had to say about the issues I cared about as a young Canadian. Her decades of experience working abroad to further women's rights and democracy coupled with her tireless commitment to those living in her community makes her the only candidate for Ottawa West-Nepean. I encourage everyone, Liberal or not, to reach out and have a conversation with Anita. I'm certainly glad I did.

Fawzi Ghosn
Young Liberal

Do you want to have your endorsement featured on the Youth for Anita blog? Get in touch! We would love to hear from you.  Just email: info@electanita.ca

You can find the full list Young Liberal endorsements here. 

2015 Young Liberal Internship Program

Are you between the ages of 18 and 26? Do you support the Liberal Party of Canada? Are you looking to gain valuable political skills, while working with great people this summer? 

The 2015 Young Liberals of Canada Summer Internship might be right for you! The deadline to apply is April 2nd, which is coming up fast!

Here's what you need to know:

What is it?

The Summer Internship Program serves to strengthen and develop skill sets for young political activists. Summer interns will have a unique chance to discover more about the way a political party operates and what they can do to develop their community through political involvement.

Where is it?

Internship locations available:
Office of the Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada
Liberal Party of Canada National Office in Ottawa
Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario) HQ in Toronto
Liberal Party of Canada (BC) HQ in Vancouver
Liberal Party of Canada (Quebec) HQ in Montreal
Liberal Party of Canada (Alberta) HQ in Edmonton
When is it?
The expected start date for interns is May 18, 2015. Expected end date is August 15, 2015.
How do I apply?
Applications should include:
1. Resume (2 page max)
2. A cover letter explaining why you feel you would be a good candidate.
These should include your educational background, language proficiencies, computer skills (including web and graphic design if applicable), and all previous relevant experience.
Applications must be submitted by April 2nd, 2015 5:00 p.m. EST.
Where can I get more information?
Full information can be found online at: http://www.youngliberals.ca/internship
For a chance to have one of the most rewarding summers of your life!

Best of luck!
Youth for Anita Vandenbeld

Team Trudeau National Day of Action

Please read this important message from Team Anita!

Our team of volunteers will be joining together with dedicated Liberals across the country to participate in the Team Trudeau National Day of Action!

Please join me on Sunday, February 22nd to take our campaign to the voters of Ottawa West-Nepean. This will be the weekend we have all been waiting for!

My new brochure will be ready and I want you to join me in getting it into as many homes as we can. We want everyone to know that Anita Vandenbeld is their Liberal candidate for Parliament.
And we are not in this alone.

We will be joining Liberals across Canada participating in the first ever Team Trudeau National Day of Action to reach as many voters as possible at their doors and by phone.
Further information regarding time and location will follow.

I need your help now to make this day a great success.

If you are an experienced canvasser or this will be your first time, I need you to join me. If you have never done it before, there will be training and the chance to go out with some experienced folks to try it. Maybe you prefer to phone good Liberal supporters. Or maybe you`d like to he help with arrangements such as making the coffee, welcoming people, preparing or handing out material for the canvassers. And of course I will be with you every step of the way all day long.

Whatever your talents you can be part of this exciting dayof getting our Liberal message and the name Anita Vandenbeld out to hundreds of voters.

On Monday February 16th our regular volunteer gathering at the Olde Forge at 7:00pm will be used entirely for training for Feb. 22.

Let`s join Liberals across the country in this great national effort on February 22!
Let`s begin the revival of democracy!!!
People are calling volunteers now, but please don`t wait to be called. Please call or email now.

Let's get young people engaged in helping achieve much needed change in Ottawa West-Nepean.
As always, you can reach team by email: info@electanita.ca or phone: 613-726-1196.

Youth for Anita Vandenbeld
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