A Brazeau County woman who's a member of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Youth Council was sworn in as councillor this morning at Brazeau County Council chambers.
Sara Wheale was elected last Monday and at the age of 22 she is the youngest person ever to sit on county council. Earlier this year she was named to PM's youth council, where she met with the prime minister along with cabinet ministers and other policy leaders on a monthly basis to help have youths voices heard across the country.
She says that experience helped push her into being interested in running for municipal politics, adding that there needs to be more of an interest from younger people.
"There is a need for younger people to get involved in politics. Being on the youth council made me realize it's important to help people understand politics a little better," adding that running for office shouldn't be scary.
Once the votes were tallied and Wheale was the winner in her division, she received a phone call the following day from the prime minster. She called the experience pretty cool and that he was very excited that she decided to go for it and had won a seat.
“He even said that yea we have our differences in political views, but you ultimately sit down and listen to both side of the story and make your decisions from there and that’s probably one of the best qualities that you have,” Wheale said of the conversation adding that his compliment was pretty cool.
Trudeau's official Twitter account also sent out a tweet to his nearly 3.75 million followers Friday afternoon congratulating Wheale on her win.
One of the topics that was brought up at the youth council, forums and campaign trail and she will be focusing on while on council is rural crime.
“I can bring some experience to some of that subject matter because I have been able to talk to some of the federal ministers about some of the issues,” she said.
After getting a taste of running for office, Wheale says she has no plans to venture into provincial or federal politics because she wants to make the largest impact she can in her own backyard.
”The reason I got into municipally is because it affects us so much closer to home, it essentially affects your home directly,” adding, “I think municipal is about as far as I would want to go.”
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