May 19, 2020

The VDLC support the #Vote16BC to let youth vote in British Columbia. At its May 19, 2020, regular meeting the VDLC voted to endorse and promote the campaign. 

As the #Vote16BC petition says, sixteen and seventeen years olds are involved and participating in politics in many ways, but are unable to cast their vote. Many countries around the world, such as Scotland and Austria, have lowered their voting age to 16. 

The motion adopted by delegates of the Council reads as follows: 

Subject: #Vote16BC

BECAUSE the International movement to lower the voting age is building rapidly; and

BECAUSE twenty governments around the world have already lowered the voting age; and

BECAUSE here in B.C. the UBCM, BC NDP, BC Greens, and BC School Board Trustees have voted in support of lowering the voting age; and

BECAUSE the #Vote16BC campaign has collected several thousand petition signatures in support of this cause,

THE VANCOUVER AND DISTRICT LABOUR COUNCIL WILL endorse the #Vote16BC campaign to reduce the voting age in British Columbia to sixteen; and

THE VANCOUVER AND DISTRICT LABOUR COUNCIL WILL circulate the petition and campaign information.

You can read more, and sign the petition HERE

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