The Young Liberals of Canada
(YLC) is the national youth wing of the Liberal Party of Canada
. All members of the Liberal Party, who are aged 25 and under, are members of the Commission of the Young Liberals. The Young Liberals of Canada are the largest political youth organization in Canada. It has been estimated that the YLC has nearly 60,000-80,000 members at various periods, and has a presence in nearly all of Canada’s 308 ridings. The current President of the YLC is Samuel Lavoie.
In an attempt to attract young liberal supporters for his leadership bid, Pierre Trudeau
campaigned on the promise of reserving specific number of delegate spots at national conventions to young liberals. Trudeau went on to win the party leadership, and YLC was allocated specific number of delegate spots in each riding association and in accredited campus liberal clubs.
YLC wielded unique influence in the party’s leadership selection
as it controls the accreditation process of campus clubs. YLC clubs had been fierce battlegrounds during federal leadership races from the early 80s to 2006. The Paul Martin
leadership campaign was particularly notorious for hostile take over of campus clubs leading up to the 1990
conventions. YLC's influence in the leadership selection process was greatly diminished in 2009 when the federal party changed its constitution to elect its future leaders by a "weighted One Member, One Vote
" voting method.
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