Practically half of federal candidates would let 16-year-olds vote: Elections Canada survey

Practically half of candidates who ran for Parliament within the final federal election would decrease the voting age to 16, in line with Elections Canada.

A survey of candidates who ran within the 2019 federal election discovered 7% of elected MPs have been “dissatisfied” with democracy in Canada, in line with Blacklock’s Reporter. Not one of the legislators have been named.


Nevertheless, The Survey Of Candidates Of The 43rd Basic Election discovered 50% of respondents mentioned they have been happy with the way in which democracy works in Canada.

“The 2 most often cited causes for dissatisfaction embody the shortage of proportional illustration, and that the first-past-the-post system doesn’t replicate voters’ choice,” the survey by Ekos Analysis Associates mentioned.

“Simply lower than half the candidates, 46%, agreed the voting age within the federal election ought to be lowered from 18 to 16.”


Elections Canada paid the pollster $59,244 for the examine which was primarily based on responses to questionnaires issued to 1,172 candidates.

Parliament final modified the voting age — from 21 to 18 — in 1970.

In line with the survey, candidates underneath 35 have been almost certainly to favour giving excessive schoolers the vote.


Advocates of a decrease voting age embody former gov.-gen. Adrienne Clarkson, who cited a speech final Sept. 23 by teen local weather activist Greta Thunberg.

“Thunberg is correct in her direct assault on our world robbing her future!” Clarkson tweeted.

“Her anger is justified and I cheer her. If we lowered the voting age to 16, she and her cohort may create coverage and never simply undergo from it!”


The newest Elections Canada analysis confirmed 10% of candidates had low ranges of belief within the accuracy of election outcomes.