Alberta cities decided, at the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association meeting yesterday, that it will not ask the province to lower the municipal voting age to 16.
The vote was defeated with 77% against such a change.
Lethbridge Councillor Jeff Coffman, the architect of the vote, passionately argued that allowing younger Albertans to vote would lead to more engaged citizens and long-term voters. And what better place to get a young voter hooked on politics than at the municipal level!
But AM640 morning man John Oakley thinks that the voting age should actually be RAISED to the age of 21, when somebody is slightly more mature, independent and has more reason to take part in the political process. His knowledge of young Canadians and the human condition (which is his daily baileywick DING DING!) leads him to believe that the voting age should move in the opposite direction.
What do YOU think? Does it make more sense to lower the voting age to 16, rather than increase it to 21?
Read about yesterday’s failed vote HERE.