The young are tak­ing over

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM -

It­was a plea­sure to see An­dré-Jean Bé­dard elected in Stanstead. While not the youngest coun­cil­lor elected in the Town­ships, the honor goes to 18 year-old Mea­gan Reid in East An­gus, it is time that pol­i­tics is once again viewed as an hon­est call­ing.

But the real sur­prise came in Daveluyville, where a 23 year-old for­mer semi-pro goal­tender, An­toine Tardif, be­came the mayor.

A po­lit­i­cal sys­tem should re­flect the so­ci­ety that it is sup­posed to rep­re­sent. Un­der 35 can­di­dates are too un­com­mon and un­der 25 even more. Yet this news­pa­per be­lieves that they must be present at all po­lit­i­cal lev­els. It is the best guar­an­tee that the ef­forts of men of the same age, who died for democ­racy, were not in vain. If you are old enough to die for your coun­try, you are old enough to be lead­ers in it.

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