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Canada Green Leader Elizabeth May promises electoral reform, lowering voting age to 16

20:16  20 october  2019
20:16  20 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

The Liberals broke their promise on electoral reform. Will it hurt them in 2019?

  The Liberals broke their promise on electoral reform. Will it hurt them in 2019? OTTAWA — Andrew Cash thinks the Liberal promise to bring in electoral reform might have cost him his job. He also believes the fact that the Liberals abandoned the pledge, which he said is one of many reasons why progressive-minded voters are disenchanted with Justin Trudeau and his government, could help him get that job back in the Oct. 21 election. The New Democrat candidate in the downtown Toronto riding of Davenport lost by a narrow margin — 1,441 votes, or about three percentage points — to Liberal Julie Dzerowicz in the 2015 election, one of many upsets in the red wave that swept across the country.

A voting age is a minimum age established by law that a person must attain before they become eligible to vote in a public election .

New Brunswick's Commission on Electoral Reform is recommending lowering the voting age to 16 and Democratic reform has to be democratic,” he said. Green Leader David Coon also agrees that During the last federal campaign, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to change the way

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VANCOUVER — Green Leader Elizabeth May says if her party is elected Monday, it will be the last federal government in Canada chosen by the first-past-the-post system.

In a release, May says a Green government would launch a citizens' assembly with a mandate to make recommendations to Parliament on a new electoral system based on proportional representation.

The Greens also say they will lower the voting age to 16.

The Liberals included electoral reform as part of their platform for the 2015 election, but dropped the idea shortly after winning a majority mandate.

May also said a Green government would have Elections Canada develop a framework to fight dishonest campaign advertising, claiming that "current political parties seem to be able to lie with impunity."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 20, 2019.

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COMMENTARY: Monday’s weird election result is no reason to abandon our electoral system .
Rob Breakenridge says he is not convinced proportional representation would give us a better government.There is obvious and considerable irony in the fact that after having declared the 2015 election to be Canada’s last under first-past-the-post (FPTP), the Liberals ended up benefitting from it greatly in 2019.

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