Leave voting age alone
The Cape Breton Post columnist Jim Guy makes some good points on encouraging young people to participate in the political process (Should voting age be lowered – again?, July 22).
But surely there is something unfair in allowing 16-and 17-yearolds to vote while not bearing the same civic responsibilities as the rest of the voting population.
Under the Youth Criminal Justice Act anyone under 18 has, generally speaking at least, protection from normal adult consequences for breaking the law.
Whether this is a good thing or not is not the issue here, but it does indicate that the federal government and the courts recognise that youth may not exercise suffi- cient maturity while making decisions. This principle is not applied on a case-by-case basis but is applied to all youth.
While it is unlikley that allowing 16-and 17-year-olds to vote would lead to chaos on the streets maybe leaving the voting age where it is would be a good idea, just in case.
Frank King Sydney River