The Hypocrisy in our Democracy: Placing Youth Voting in Perspective

  • Brendon Legault
Keywords: Voting, Youth Voting, Democracy


In 2002 the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench dismissed a lawsuit brought by two women who had been denied the right to vote in an Alberta election. The court laid out several different justifications for the limiting the franchise to those under the age of 18. However, upon analysis, those justifications fail to withstand critical reasoning. Placing the courts reasoning in wider perspective exposes a great deal about the nature of Canada’s political system today.