Writing Prompt: Three projects aimed at lowering the voting age in federal elections in Canada are reigniting debates regarding young enfranchisement., A group of teenagers has filed a lawsuit against the federal government, alleging that the deprivation of voting rights to persons under 18 is unconstitutional. They want it to be lowered to the age of 16 because the current generation of 18 does not correspond to the minimum age required for many other activities that require maturity and discretion, such as driving, consensual sex, and paid jobs. Even the age of taking criminal responsibility in Canada under the Youth Criminal Justice Act is only 12. "If children as young as 12 are considered mature enough to be held criminally responsible for their actions,
why can't 16-year-olds vote?." (Clark-Kazak, 2022, Para. 22). Moreover, if children do work and even pay taxes, then they should also have a say in how those taxes they paid should be used. To eradicate the adult-centric normsand everyday age discrimination manifestedin arbitrary and chronological age cut-offs. Lowering the voting age from 18 to 16 is essential, so children who pay taxes from their hard-earned money also get a say in where to use it. This also helps them learn more about politics at a young age, which may help society further. Clark-Kazak, C. (2022, April 6). Why lowering the voting age in Canada is such a good idea. The Conversation.
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