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Student candidates in federal election balance classes with campaigning


Meghan Piironen isn’t just studying political science. She’s doing it — running for the New Democratic Party in Ontario’s rural Haldimand-Norfolk riding in southwestern Ontario, where she lives with her parents.

Her election run has impressed her classmates at the University of Ottawa.

“They’re like, ‘Wow, you just like completely jumped the gun!'”

The 19-year-old is one of several student candidates running in the Sept. 20 federal election. In Ontario, all major parties have at least one student running, except for the Liberals.

Piironen says she knew she wanted to run for office since before she could vote. She turned 18 just before the last election in October 2019, so this is only her second federal election where she’s old enough to do so. Going to school in Ottawa helped inspire her, too. She lived there last year during her first year in university, taking trips to Parliament Hill.

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