Email michael.willcock@terracestandard.com

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Law based on exception is bad case law

To lower voting age based on one exceptional teen is foolhardy, says letter writer

To the editor,

Naysayers often tell MP Taylor Bachrach that youth do not have the maturity to vote, but he met a 17-year-old woman in Terrace who finished high school and is going to college full-time. [Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP’s bill to lower voting age blocked by Conservatives, Liberals, Sept. 29, The Terrace Standard]. “She’s working and she’s living by herself, and yet she can’t vote in elections. I think that really made the case quite succinctly.” This young lady is an exception, not the rule. I’ve read where judges say basing a law on the exception makes for bad case law. Likewise, deciding to lower the voting age from 18 to 16 based on one teen’s achievements is foolhardy.

Claudette Sandecki,

Thornhill, B.C.

READ MORE: Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP’s bill to lower voting age blocked by Conservatives, Liberals


 

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