Policies

C-11

Improving Youth Participation in Democracy

Passed

Moved by Young Liberals of Canada

WHEREAS significant steps could still be taken to enhance democracy in Canada such as improving accessibility to voting, and extending the right to vote to youth aged 16 and older;

WHEREAS there are substantial benefits to extending the right to vote to those aged 16 and above, with increased opportunities to engage and include youth in the democratic process, including the increased participation in the democratic process throughout their entire lifetime; and

WHEREAS Indigenous youth are the fastest growing population demographic in Canada, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission final report recommendation #66 calls for a role in reconciliation that specifically involves youth;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada encourages the Government to introduce legislation that extends the right to vote in federal elections to those aged 16 and older;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada encourages the Government to ensure Elections Canada is given an increased mandate to educate youth regarding voting, the rights and obligations of citizenship, and how to inform oneself about the democratic process, and to implement additional measures to improve accessibility to voting, including online voting, and voting on secondary and post-secondary campuses;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada encourages the Prime Minister to ensure the Prime Minister’s Youth Council has equitable representation from the national Indigenous organizations and their affiliates, and where membership strives toward proximate alignment with the provinces and territories.