Liam McParland is concerned about the lack of public participation in the nation's voting process.
It's one of many issues the student from Dover Bay Secondary School and his group partners raised in the inaugural "Presentation of Learning" forum that was held in the Dover's Bay's front atrium on Thursday.
The students of teacher Dave Nelson's Social Studies 11 class hosted the event, in which groups from the class presented their findings based on the question "What role does government play in the lives of Canadians?"
McParland said he and his group were appalled to discover that less than 50 per cent of those eligible to vote in Canada usually exercise that right, considering how important their votes are in determining many aspects of the lives of each Canadian, including priorities in infrastructure spending, tax allocations and health care.
Nelson said the concept of introducing topics and allowing students to research them on their own is based on the new 21st century personalized learning initiative that is being encouraged in local schools.
"It provides them the opportunity to question and research subjects that interest them as opposed to just sitting in class and listen to me all the time," Nelson said as dozens of Dover Bay students circulated through the displays and asking questions about each group's research.
"The groups developed their own questions around the topic and researched them themselves."
McParland said his group was appalled at the apparent apathy of the Canadian public when they have the chance to have a say in how the nation is governed and how their tax money is spent on election day.
"It seems that few people really care," he said.
"Canada is rated as the third best country in the world to live in so people should be lucky that they have the opportunity to vote."
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