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Members of Saskatchewan Party vote to lower drinking age to 18

By Andrew Moran     Nov 5, 2012 in Politics
Saskatoon - Saskatchewan Party members voted in favour of lowering the drinking age from 19 to 18 during the party's annual convention in Saskatoon on Saturday. Premier Brad Wall said he would first consult with groups before any changes be made.
In Canada, only three provinces have their minimum drinking age at 18: Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec. The remaining provinces and territories all maintain the legal drinking age at 19. Saskatchewan may become the next province to lower their drinking age.
Premier Brad Wall, who led the Saskatchewan Party to a majority government in last year’s provincial election, said that he will consider his party’s various arguments supporting the measure, including fairness and increasing the number of young voters.
“We take resolutions at the convention very seriously. Before we consider any sort of change, we're going to have to consult,” said the Saskatchewan premier in an interview with CBC News.
Some of the organizations he plans to meet with to discuss the matter are Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI), Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA), law enforcement agencies and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
However, Diane Fontaine from MADD told the Star Phoenix that she actually hopes the province would instead raise the minimum drinking age.
“I would hope that the Sask. Party or any government body would not lower the liquor age. I would hope they raise it,” stated Fontaine. “One of the highest rates of impaired driving is among younger adults because they aren't quite thinking all the time when they are drinking. They don't think of consequences. Drinking is not a right; it is privilege.”
Although a majority of party members approved the initiative, Saskatchewan Party Member of the Legislative Assembly Donna Harpauer said that teenage drinking is a serious issue and that there are many 18 year olds in the 12th grade and this could bring alcohol into the schools.
It is unknown when the idea will be brought to the legislative assembly.
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