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as posted by soficrow
Judging by recent trends in the USA, this issue may come up soon for Americans too. Those who lament the current state of civic awareness may find hope here.
Originally posted by Seekerof
You may be correct on this, but I haven't seen or read anything on it yet.
Originally posted by Gools
Age is just a number.
I don't really know what to think on this issue.
Originally posted by Intelearthling
I'm not concern with what they do in Canada.
Just as long as they don't try to influence American politics, things will be OK.
Originally posted by rapier28
If it happens in America, would it mean that 16, 17 year old criminals can be executed again?
If we attribute "voting age" as adulthood
Originally posted by masqua
I think we were more frightened of the possibility of a nuclear war than who should be elected.
But that was 1963...I believe that 16 is a vastly different experience today. I find kids are more savvy politically than during my teens. The www has changed them from flighty party goers to knowlegeable party goers. I couldn't speak for them, but I'm certain they are quite able to speak for themselves on the subject of government.
Things have changed in the last 42 years...I say, give them a voice. Perhaps this would shake the apathy of those who now have the ability to vote, but don't.
Something needs to shake them up.
Originally posted by soficrow
Canada did not even get a Bill of Rights until Trudeau crafted one in the 1970's -
Prior to the patriation of the Canadian Constitution in 1982, the Canadian Constitution consisted of a number of British statutes. Most important was the British North America Act, 1867 and its various amendments.
The "Implied Bill of Rights"
Serious questions about civil liberties arose again in the 1930's when Alberta legislation interfered with press freedoms. This legislation attracted the condemnation of the court in Reference Re Alberta Statutes,  S.C.R. 100. The legacy of this case was an important line of jurisprudence which the constitutional writers later called the "implied bill of rights". The most important cases are Reference Re Alberta Statutes, supra, Switzman v. Elbling,  S.C.R. 285 and Saumur v. The City of Quebec,  2 S.C.R. 299.
The impact of these cases, particularly an obiter statement of Cannon J. in the Alberta Press case, suggested that there are certain civil liberties implicit in Canada's Constitution - a package of freedoms somewhat similar to that of the later Canadian Bill of Rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights of Freedoms.
The Canadian Bill of Rights
The Canadian Bill of Rights is a federal statute enacted in 1960.
Patriation of the Constitution and the Charter
The Canadian Bill of Rights having been enacted in 1960, the courts had some twenty years of experience with it (before the proclamation of the Charter of Rights).
From: Canada's Constitution prior to 1982