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28-year-old An­thony Ed­monds is not a new­bie to po­lit­i­cal in­volve­ment. An aero­space en­gi­neer by day in 2017, he ran un­suc­cess­fully for the Nova Sco­tia Greens in the Waver­ley­Fall River-Beaver Bank by­elec­tion, and prior to that he was in­volved in vol­un­teer­ing and cam­paign­ing for the NDP since his teen years.

“I al­ways en­joyed it and felt it was part of my civic duty, if that's not too cheesy,” he said. “It’s al­ways some­thing that I felt like more peo­ple should do.”

The switch away from the NDP came from a dif­fer­ence in opin­ion over some pol­icy po­si­tions. Even­tu­ally Ed­monds found that his be­liefs bet­ter aligned with the Green Party, though he doesn’t con­sider him­self a diehard par­ti­san, or an en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist.

“I see de­ci­sions be­ing made that, re­gard­less of whether or not you re­ally care about po­lar bears, are just go­ing to have very real con­se­quences down the road and (in) a very un­de­ni­able way. And to me that's just reck­less,” he said.

“I'm at a point in my life now where many mil­len­ni­als are where I'm re­ally se­ri­ously think­ing about start­ing a fam­ily and I re­al­ized that I can't in good con­science bring another per­son into the world with­out do­ing ev­ery­thing in my power to make sure that they're ac­tu­ally go­ing to be able to live a good life. I want to look at my fu­ture chil­dren in the eye and tell them. ‘Look, I tried.’ ”

Though he has an ex­ten­sive back­ground in com­mu­nity ser­vice and po­lit­i­cal ac­tivism, Ed­monds said he still gets grief from folks who think he’s too young to be on the bal­lot.

“I had lots of peo­ple telling me I should dress a par­tic­u­lar way or you should use this par­tic­u­lar lan­guage so that you'll ap­pear older be­cause young peo­ple don't get elected very of­ten,” he said.

Ed­monds, how­ever, said he re­fused to cen­sor him­self and is proud to be a fresh, young voice in pol­i­tics.

“I am a young per­son, that's what I am, and there's noth­ing wrong with that.”

— An­drea Gunn

Source: Cana­dian Mil­len­ni­als: So­cial Val­ues Study, by En­vi­ron­ics In­sti­tute

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