The Great Young Offenders Act Debate

We demand a referendum to force the Government of Canada to give young persons ages 14 to 18 the right to vote:

Whereas young people in Canada have strong opinions on the following subjects:

  1. Equal rights for youth in employment and government services

  2. Respect of young persons by adults 

  3. The Young Offenders Act

  4. Gay Marriages 

  5. Age of Consent to Sex

And whereas Canadian politicians are not paying attention to the opinions of young Canadians;

And whereas over one half million Canadians have demanded that Stockwell Day change his name to "Doris";

We demand that a referendum be held to permit persons age 14 and over to vote.


Read What Other Have Said


City:
Mississauga, ON
Date:
17 Nov 2000
Time:
15:21:05

Comments

Why hasn't this request been made before?


City:
Collingwood
Date:
17 Nov 2000
Time:
17:01:27

Comments

There are a lot of issues here , but I definitely agree that young people are not treated fairly despite the fact that Canadians supposedly are "...not to be discriminated against based on ... age." Young people are not given equal opportunities or pay in the workplace. We are discriminated against constantly by adults, especially by businesses who post signs such as, "NO MORE THAN 2 STUDENTS INSIDE AT A TIME" - its discrimination, plain and simple. As for the Young Offenders Act, there are a lot of differing opinions about that, but since we are the ones it affects, I believe we should have our say in things. I personally think that NO ONE should be discriminated against based on sexual preference, and that maybe my generation can knock some sense into the bigoted adults who condemn people out of fear. Finally, our bodies, our choice - 'nuff said. 15/Female/Ontario


City:
Mississauga
Date:
21 Nov 2000
Time:
10:14:10

Comments

A lot more young people know what's going on politically than most adults! This is our country too. Don't you think that we should have a say in how it is run???


City:
Toronto
Date:
22 Nov 2000
Time:
21:02:55

Comments

Ever noticed how often teens change their preference in clothing, music, etc. These decisions are not based on reason, they are based on what is cool. Do we really want this large easily swayed body of our population deciding the fate of our country. All a party would have to do is come up with a flashy  advertising campaign and they'd have the country won. What's next, the young offenders act? The drinking age? A line must be drawn in the sand somewhere, and I see no reason to move it now.


City:
Halifax
Date:
27 Nov 2000
Time:
18:52:26

Comments

First off, I think the Young Offenders Act is xxx. Kids commit crimes because they know they are protected by it. The Young Offenders Act supports crimes committed by the youth. Is this really what people want for them. I also agree with what was written below that children would just vote for who their friends think is cool, not because of their own choices. At the age of 14, peer pressure has only just begun and that will be the influence that makes them decide who to vote for. 14 year olds don't care about politics. Besides, when will there ever be a government who will actually listen to the younger population. never. politicians are all the same.  letting 14 year olds into this is making them take on an adult decision that shouldn't be their responsibility. Their parents should vote for who they think can run their country that their children live in. Society is already pressuring children to mature long before its due. For heaven's sake! Let them have a childhood. Don't pressure them with voting!


City:
Brampton, Ontario
Date:
29 Nov 2000
Time:
10:12:26

Comments

I think that young people are never going to be respected by adults. Haven't you ever heard the saying "respect your elders." That saying has a second meaning than the most obvious one, it means that you should not respect people younger than you. I am smarter than some adults I know but if I correct what they say I am wrong. I've been told all my life that if my parents say that 2+2=5 and I say it is 4, they are right. I think that this sucks. The only problem with giving younger people the right to vote and other rights is that some of them are idiots. That is also a prejudice against teenagers. Old fashioned adults think that all teenagers are idiots, druggies, and drunks. I am sixteen years old and I do more work than my dad overall (school, 2 jobs, chores) but if I don't do his laundry because he was too lazy to get off his xxx When I was actually at school for six hours, work for five, and I also got my chores and homework done. Some adults think that all kids should be like the way Athenian women were (women in Athens in Ancient Greece), seen and not heard.


City:
London
Date:
30 Nov 2000
Time:
22:13:53

Comments

I think that 14 is too young an age to be able to fully understand how much of an effect the government has on everyone's lives, but 16 would probably be a good voting age, because many students are informed about politics and the government in their high school classes, while kids in elementary school are typically not


City:
Sturgeon Falls
Date:
05 Dec 2000
Time:
09:20:51

Comments

I think that kids 14 years old are not really old enough to realize seriousness of voting and the consequences of their decisions. 


City:
Port Perry
Date:
13 Dec 2000
Time:
20:54:12

Comments

I feel, as a responsible, 17 year old male, that I, as with my female friends, share a better understanding of the Canadian legal system than most adults. We have enjoyed school law programs and have taken our own views on bills, laws and various national/provincial issues. I feel that I know enough about these issues to make a decision, based on my personal views, as opposed to the influence of others, which will play a part in electing our representatives. I know that there are others which will, as well share my views.


City:
Halifax
Date:
14 Dec 2000
Time:
11:37:59

Comments

To "Port Perry". Being taught about politics in school does not make you know more about the government then your parents do. You don't live on your own, have to support a family, pay the bills, etc. You, frankly, have absolutely no idea about who should be elected or not and how its going to affect you and your way of living. Everything you learn in school is so elementary to the big picture. I'd say you should grow up and then look back and see if you knew exactly what is going on as you say you do. You are a typical teenager who feels like you should have all the power because you're supposedly so much smarter than everyone else.


City:
Bolton
Date:
15 Dec 2000
Time:
11:32:32

Comments

I think that young persons have the right to vote because the issues discussed also affect them. issues like education and things that go on in the community are very important to most people.


City:
Ottawa
Date:
21 Dec 2000
Time:
10:02:48

Comments

I don't think that the voting age should be lowered to 14, because a fourteen year old doesn't have the security of their opinions that an older person has. 14 year olds are influenced by so many different people, parents, teachers, peers, other family members, friends, that they would not be able to sort through it all and give an unbiased, and relatively educated vote. While it is true that teenagers do represent a large portion of the Canadian population and there are many different issue that they could make a very valuable contribution to solving, they are still not yet mature enough to vote. I am a sixteen year old high school student, and I know that I am not yet ready to vote. Every day I come into contact with people my age and younger, and I know that many of these people wouldn't take voting as seriously as it should be taken or look upon it with the political awareness and maturity that is needed. There should, however be an active representative of the youth of Canada in Parliament and in the senate.


City:
xxx
Date:
21 Dec 2000
Time:
10:03:41

Comments

I think that the age of 14 for voting is a bit too young to vote. At that age I was very immature and I did not take this very seriously. Even now that I am 16 I still do not take things seriously. [Hence the name of the city I live in! :)] I think that instead of letting young people vote, they should have a representative in the parliament proposing bills on behalf of the young people of Canada. The only thing is that the representative for the young people in parliament must be respected by the other members of parliament and should not be ignored. Also I think that the representative should not be an 80 year old man. The representative should actively represent the Canadian Youth and should not be shy towards our concerns in parliament. Thank you for reading my comments and hope to see some of your comments on the web too. Bye


City:
Welland
Date:
21 Dec 2000
Time:
10:35:01

Comments

I believe that 14 year olds are too young to vote. I agree with a person who stated that they change their minds far to easily and that all a party would have to do is come up with a  commercial and they would be hooked. They aren't mature enough to make proper decisions. For example - ever notice that all the school stabbings and shooting have been done by kids between the ages 13 and 15??  should under go treatment, never mind be given the right to choose the next leaders of our country!! We would be the laughing stalk of the whole world if The Marijuana Party got into Parliament. 


City:
Toronto
Date:
07 Jan 2001
Time:
16:23:31

Comments

that ages 14 and over should have a right to vote we know what its all about and feel we have a right to help decide who is voted in


City:
Prince Albert
Date:
28 Jan 2001
Time:
23:57:53

Comments

Why does the age need to be lowered? It's the Canadian way, this is our system. Lets say that the age is lowered to 14 and over. Why not then let 12 and over vote, or maybe 10 and over. Do you see what I am getting at? Where does it stop? Leave it where it is. It is part of the Charter of Rights And Freedoms and that charter deserves the most respect of all.


City:
Toronto
Date:
06 Feb 2001
Time:
11:54:42

Comments

We pay taxes we work so why cant we have a say in what is going on in our lives!!!!!!!!!!!


City:
Winnipeg
Date:
06 Mar 2001
Time:
10:12:08

Comments

I think that the voting age should be lowered to 14. After reading some of the other comments made, I would like to say that not all teenagers are drunks and druggies. I am a 17 yr. old female who has two jobs and is an honors student. Recently, children as young as fourteen were given the right to give consented sex to an adult person. 16 yr. olds are allowed to drive. You can get a job at 14 and pay taxes. I know that many people my age would want a say in who is running our lives now and in the future. Politicians need to realize that we are the future and that maybe we know more about the changes that need to be made to the education system and other subjects that effect our lives. We will not be ignored. One day there will be a revolution and then the youths of this country will be heard. We are the proles and Big Brother will control us no more.


City:
Edmonton
Date:
22 May 2001
Time:
11:32:11

Comments

I think that alot of these people are right we young people are not given equal rights. Sure they say that we do, but if we did, wouldn't we be able to have a say in things that affect us? People are always saying to me " Respect your elders", I'll respect my elders when they respect that I am a person & I do have my own opinions.


City:
Otttawa
Date:
30 May 2001
Time:
10:40:34

Comments

I belive that most people 14 and over have a clear mind about society and politics. I think as a 16 year, old that I should have the right to vote. If an individual dosen't care or have a say ,or they would just be goofing off, they wouldnt take the time to redgister and vote. I know whats going on ,even though I'm not yet paying the bills, I still know everything that affects my familly, my parents , and my self.

As for the yoa I think it is the worst piece of ledgislature ever passed by our house. it gives youths the right to commit offences and get of scott-free. If a young criminal has the right mind to commit an offence then they should be trid as an adault person. if they are iocent well then that would be proven , there is no need for them to hid behind a "media screen" . If they are in a life of crime, like most life criminals,they will not be rehaabilitated. In summary.15 year old people should have the right to vote and the Y.O.A is a piece of garbage which should be thrown out with my pizza box.

Thank you for reading.


City:
Ottawa
Date:
30 May 2001
Time:
10:41:00

Comments

I belive that most people 14 and over have a clear mind about society and politics. I think as a 16 year, old that I should have the right to vote. If an individual dosen't care or have a say ,or they would just be goofing off, they wouldnt take the time to redgister and vote. I know whats going on ,even though I'm not yet paying the bills, I still know everything that affects my familly, my parents , and my self.

As for the yoa I think it is the worst piece of ledgislature ever passed by our house. it gives youths the right to commit offences and get of scott-free. If a young criminal has the right mind to commit an offence then they should be trid as an adault person. if they are iocent well then that would be proven , there is no need for them to hid behind a "media screen" . If they are in a life of crime, like most life criminals,they will not be rehaabilitated. In summary.15 year old people should have the right to vote and the Y.O.A is a piece of garbage which should be thrown out with my pizza box.

Thank you for reading.