A new legal challenge filed in Ontario against Canada’s federal voting age — coupled with the reintroduction of Sen. Marilou McPhedran’s bill to lower the age limit — has revived the question of whether Canadians under the age of 18 should be allowed to vote.
Some are ready to say the answer should be “no.”
But it might be useful to turn the question around. Is there anything particularly magical about the current voting age of 18? If not, why couldn’t we lower it to something like 16?
In an essay published two and a half years ago, Colin Feasby — an Alberta lawyer appointed to the
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