The St. James-Assiniboia School Division wants the legal drinking age limit raised to 19.
Principals have noticed a lot of students being able to go to license establishments for a few drinks during their lunch hour.
“We’ve had students arriving in the afternoon, 18, able to drink, and we’re able to do very little, unless they’re obviously intoxicated. We have many students, in our Grade 12 especially, who can legally drink.” – St. James-Assiniboia School Division board chairman Peter Carney.
Alberta, Quebec and Manitoba are the only Canadian provinces that allow drinking at 18. All other provinces have it at 19, and the States have it at 21.
Other divisions say that it makes no difference whether the student can legally drink or not, coming to school under the influence of alcohol or drugs is inappropriate behaviour.
What do you think?
Should the legal drinking age in Manitoba be raised to 19?
- Yes (37%)
- Changing the age won't make a difference (34%)
- No (29%)