Lockeport Mayor pressing for youth vote on police advisory council

Amy Woolvett
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By Amy Woolvett

Mayor Darian Huskilson

The Town of Lockeport’s Mayor feels strongly that youth members of the Shelburne County East RCMP Advisory Board should be allowed to vote.

At a recent council meeting, he temporary asked his deputy mayor to take over council to make that a motion.

The advisory board is to have one youth representative from each area’s school including the Lockeport and Shelburne high schools.

There was some discussion at the past advisory meeting that youth might not be allowed to vote.

“If you’re going to ask a youth member to be involved and to take a greater role then they should have an equal say,” said Mayor Darian Huskilson.

Council went as far as making a motion to withdraw completely from the advisory board if the other two units did not agree.

Tony Mahaney, chair for the advisory board and councilor for the Town of Shelburne said his council also passed a motion allowing youth to vote.

Only the Municipality of Shelburne has yet to make a decision but Kirk Cox, CAO for the municipality said it has never been a contentious issue for the municipality.

“It hasn’t even been discussed,” he said.

Huskilson said an earlier motion passed at an RCMP advisory board meeting prohibited youth from voting.

“I can’t see one downside to youth voting,” he said. “Some people question their skillset because of their age but some people questioned my skillset when I became mayor.”

Huskilson was the youngest mayor in Canada the year he was voted in at 27 years old.

“The advisory board is not meant to set policy …youth have policing issues and this is a good way for them to get educated on voting.”

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