G&M: Why can't Canadian parties connect with young voters like Obama does?

A Globe and Mail article by Brodie Fenlon talks about how the US campaigns are reaching out to young people using e-mail, text message, Facebook, MySpace or Twitter, but Canadian campaigns are not doing the same.

In all fairness, some candidates are. More importantly, a US presidential election is entirely different than a Canadian general election. US citizens are able to vote directly for the presidency (manipulated by electoral colleges and unaccountable voting machines such that someone who placed 2'nd can win), which is not the case in Canada. In Canada you largely hear from and about party leaders which all but a tiny number of people in a tiny number of ridings can't vote directly for. Canadians instead need to try to connect locally with their own candidates who they can vote for, something the mainstream media does very little to help with.