Lowering the Voting Age to 16 in Canada
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The future of Canada is in the hands of the youth. It is important to start teaching the habits of democracy as early as possible. Teenagers are actively protesting, petitioning, and fighting for their rights, and it is time to give them the right to vote as well. To lower the voting age will encourage youth engagement in Canada and increase voter turnout.
“We know that if you vote in your vote in your first election, you are more than likely to become a lifelong voter,” - Andrew Weaver.
Evidence from Austria and Scotland confirms that when 16 and 17-year-olds are allowed to vote, it promotes higher voter turnout for first-time voters. There is an inconsistency present with denying 16 and 17-year-olds the right to vote but then allowing them to take on other responsibilities such as working, driving, traveling alone, entering the military, moving out, and even getting married with the permission of their parents.
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