Help please? Thank you very much! Should children under 18 years of age be allowed to drink alcohol In Canada? Do you think there is a need for a national change? Is this a situation where you...

Help please? Thank you very much!

Should children under 18 years of age be allowed to drink alcohol In Canada? Do you think there is a need for a national change? Is this a situation where you think a national law needs to be passed? Please explain as much as you can.

 

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that the key element to this question is addressing if there is a need for a national law, something to be enacted from a federal body across all its subsidiary elements.  There are two ways to go on such an issue.  The first is that there are issues which must be enacted on a national level, primarily because the federal government sees a glaring need for uniformity on the particular issue.  In the interests of presenting a unified and cohesive approach to the problem, the federal government passes legislation which is to be followed by all states/ territories/ provinces.  Is the issue of the drinking age one such issue?  Naturally, your analysis and evidence will point to how this fares.

If the evidence or analysis does not prove that the issue is of such concern and importance on a federal level, but rather one that can be controlled and legislated by the local/ state/ province municipality, then the federal government should respect the autonomy of such a governing force and not pass a national law, instead deferring to the power of local government.  For example, in Canada, different provinces have different drinking ages, 18 or 19.  If the analysis and your findings don't prove that the issue is of national concern, then a national law might not be the best thing to be passed, and respecting the sovereignty of the states could be the best plan.