"It was a democratic exercise that they should have been proud of because there were so many potential voters in that crowd that may have voted for them," Hirji said of Monday's so-called "vote mob," where political slogans, signs and negative messaging were forbidden in an effort to keep the event non-partisan.
"Instead they are now turning away," said Hirji.
There is much hand-wringing over the lack of involvement - and basic interest - from young people in Canadian democracy, even when it comes to something as straightforward and simple as casting a ballot in an election.
Yet everyone remains after the elusive youth. Political parties try to court their vote. Political scientists try to understand why they are so difficult to reach. Media try to tailor stories to young voters. Activists run mock elections and hold rock concerts to encourage greater participation.
"Students feel like it is a toxic environment and politicians just lie and bicker all the time and control the events - like to control the media that they get and what not - and the real message we're trying to get across is we have the power to change this," he added.
I posted this topic hoping to hear more from some youth that might want to speak up. We need to hear from you.