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N.B. electoral reform report says 16-year-olds should get the vote

Other recommendations from the Commission on Electoral Reform include giving permanent residents who are not yet Canadian citizens the right to vote


 

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick’s Commission on Electoral Reform is recommending lowering the voting age to 16 and moving to a system of preferential ballots in the province.

The commission released its final report today in Fredericton following four months of gathering input.

Other recommendations include giving permanent residents who are not yet Canadian citizens the right to vote.

However, the commission says the government should not proceed with online voting, due to concerns related to security, confidentiality and privacy.

The provincial government made it a campaign promise in 2014 to at least look at such issues.

Premier Brian Gallant says his government needs time to consider the recommendations, but any change in the way people vote would have to be decided through a referendum or election.

During the last federal campaign, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to change the way Canadians cast their ballots in time for the 2019 election.

But the federal Liberal government has abandoned that idea, arguing consultations on the issue did not produce a consensus on whether to change the status quo as promised, or what should replace the current first-past-the-post voting system.


 

N.B. electoral reform report says 16-year-olds should get the vote

  1. Old enough to sufficiently understand the issues to vote? Hmm, then should be old enough to formally enter into any contract, legally buy and consume alcohol and cigarettes, etc. Are there any developed countries that have given 16 year olds the vote?

    Giving non-Canadian citizens who are *permanent* residents the right to vote is not a terrible idea IMO, However, it should not be automatic – a residency requirement numbering in the years should be required, perhaps with a demonstration of ability in an official language.

  2. Liberals scraping the bottom of the barrel.
    16 year olds would be impressed with things like- well, lowering drinking age, legalizing pot for everyone, later curfews, free pop at school, no dress code – you know – really “important ” social issues, that Liberals could really play around with & manipulate them.
    And as far as permanent residents voting here? That’s about equally as valid.

    Where did they did up the committee members that came up with these warped ideas?
    What’s in their pockets? Are they sampling the taxpayers’ investment of marijuana that they approved?

    Sorry – but according to any modern day psychologist, and parents of teenagers- their brains are not fully developed yet. Even at the age of 18 or 19, they have a ways to go.
    Kids have enough to figure out about their own place in the world before coming into adulthood, than to have to worry about peer pressure and bullying and manipulations by sleazy politicians desperate to scrounge a vote.

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