A Canadian Senator just introduced a Bill to give 16 years-old the right to vote

A bill to lower the voting age to 16 has once again been introduced in Parliament for the fourth time in five years.

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The bill seeks to lower the voting age from 18 years to 16.

The sponsor of the Bill is Marilou McPhedran, an Independent Manitoban Senator. 

This bill marks a revitalization of the #Vote16 campaign, which McPhedran has been pursuing for several months since May.

In 1970 the legal voting age was lowered from 21 to 18 in Canada. Since it was originally lowered, there have been multiple attempts to get it lowered to 16.

Senator McPhedran is not the first Canadian politician to advocate for the lowering of the voting age. In 2019, the Former leader of the Green Party Elizabeth May promised to lower the voting age to 16 if her party was to win the 2019 election. 

May said at the time, “It flies in the face of fairness that 16- and 17-year-olds are old enough to work and pay taxes but are not allowed to vote for the government that spends that tax revenue,”. 

Similarly, the New Democrats leader Jagmeet Singh in the 2019 election said the voting age should be lowered to 16. 

McPhedran said in a statement regarding the bill that “Lowering the federal voting age is one key step towards a more just, sustainable and high-functioning Canada for the long haul ahead,” and that her “generation is leaving a lot on their young shoulders.”

McPhedran added, “We already know that young people are leaders of today and tomorrow,”. 

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