Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger makes an announcement at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg on Dec. 17, 2015. (John Woods/CP)"I think there's even an argument to look at a lower voting age, or participation earlier. A lot of students I meet — young people — are very interested in the political process and bring a lot of good ideas," Selinger said in a year-end interview with The Canadian Press. Selinger recently announced that an all-party task force is to examine possible electoral changes, including whether the current first-past-the-post approach should be replaced. That system can allow a party to win a majority of seats with less than 40 per cent of the popular vote. Selinger would not express a preference for alternatives such as proportional representation or a preferential ballot. Each has its pros and cons, he said. "What I want is for people to be able to vote without fear or favour. What I want is that no big money controls things, and I want accessibility to the system." The province recently adopted plans for a permanent voting list, which is supposed to make it easier for people to cast a ballot even if they don't have multiple pieces of identification.
Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger speaks to media as Carolyn Bennett,(L) Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs and Chief Erwin Redsky(R), Shoal Lake No.40 First Nation listen. Dec. 17, 2015. (John Woods/CP)
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