BC Green Leader reintroduces bill to lower voting age to 16
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, March 13, 2018 11:41AM PDT
Last Updated Tuesday, March 13, 2018 6:55PM PDT
BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver is making another attempt to lower the voting age in the province to 16.
For the third time, Weaver has introduced a private member's bill that would make the change, saying young people are the leaders of tomorrow and deserve a say in the direction the province is heading.
The bill comes one say after Elections BC announced that only 56 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds and 46 per cent of 25 to 35-year-olds voted in the last provincial election.
Weaver says lowering the voting age has led to substantially higher levels of political participation in Scotland, Argentina, Austria and Brazil.
The minimum voting age in British Columbia is currently 18.
Andrew Weaver wants BC's voting age dropped to 16. He says 16 and 17 year olds can drive and get married etc, so they should have a say in government. He's re-introduced a private member's bill to make that happen.— CTV Bhinder Sajan (@BhinderSajan) March 13, 2018