Fact Check: How the parties would meet the housing needs of Canadians

What the Conservatives, Liberals, NDP and Greens say they would do if elected

Fact Check: How the parties would meet the housing needs of CanadiansDownload this column for your publication or website. FREE Terms and Conditions of use VANCOUVER, BC Oct 5, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Housing is a generational tipping point in Canada. High prices drive wealth accumulation for many of our parents and grandparents, while they crush dreams of home ownership for younger Canadians, or weigh us…

Fact Check: Where the parties stand on health care

Research indicates Canada must contain the growth of medical care spending

Fact Check: Where the parties stand on health careDownload this column on health care for your publication or website. FREE Terms and Conditions of use VANCOUVER, BC Oct 4, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Opposition parties are misleading the electorate when they charge that the Conservative Party has cut spending for medical care. Under Harper, the federal government has increased the Canada Health Transfer…

Underfunding child care comes with a heavy toll

What we do about it depends on how we interpret a new study from the University of British Columbia

Underfunding child care comes with a heavy tollDownload this column on child care for your publication or website. FREE Terms and Conditions of use VANCOUVER, BC Sept. 27, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Aggression and crime among boys has risen faster in Quebec than other provinces over the last decade. This coincides with the rollout of child care services in the province. These…

Alberta NDP draws young votes, but spends on retirees

Follows the pattern set by the Progressive Conservatives when it comes to support for younger Albertans

Alberta NDP draws young votes, but spends on retireesDownload Alberta NDP draws young votes, but spends on retirees for your publication or website VANCOUVER, BC, May 12, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Alberta’s recently elected NDP enjoyed more support among younger Albertans than any other party, according to polls. Perhaps these younger voters had a hand in deciding the historic result. There is some…

How the 3 main parties compare in their support for families

All parties need to revisit their social spending priorities heading into the federal election

How the 3 main parties compare in their support for familiesDownload How the 3 main parties compare in their support for families for your publication or website VANCOUVER, BC, May 11, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Family policy is front and centre in the lead up to the October federal election. The Conservatives and the NDP have already weighed in, putting billions on the table. Facing…

Manitoba budget further shifts burden on the young

A blow to intergenerational fairness

Manitoba budget further shifts burden on the youngDownload Manitoba budget furthers shifts burden on the young for your publication or website VANCOUVER, BC, May 4, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger cut school taxes for retirees in the 2015 budget, while asking young Manitobans to contribute more to retirees’ medical care. This is a blow to intergenerational fairness that no government…

Wynne government most likely to work for all generations

But provincial pension plan logic still flawed

Wynne government most likely to work for all generationsDownload Wynne government most likely to work for all generations for your publication or website VANCOUVER, BC, Apr 24, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has articulated bold visions for transit, pension reform and pricing pollution. After analyzing all provincial and federal budgets tabled so far in 2015, her commitment to make Canada work…

Federal budget another blow to generational equity

The government allocates approximately $11,000 per person age 65+, compared to around $2,000 per person under age 45

Federal budget another blow to generational equityDownload Federal budget another blow to generational equity VANCOUVER, BC, Apr 22, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Budget 2015 spends more on grandma’s medical care and income security, while asking grandma to contribute less to paying for these benefits. It may sound like a reverent thing to do for one’s elders. But it is a blow…

Nova Scotia spends less on Generation Squeeze than any other province

The government tolerates this dubious distinction while spending $2,000 more per retiree than does New Brunswick

Nova Scotia spends less on Generation Squeeze than any other provinceDownload Nova Scotia spends less on Generation Squeeze than any other province VANCOUVER, BC, Apr 10, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Premier Stephen McNeil primed Nova Scotians for a “tough” budget in 2015. But he didn’t tell us his government would save the toughest treatment for younger citizens. Coming into this fiscal year, Nova Scotia already…

New Brunswick premier ignores his own age cohort

Reallocates money away from Generation Squeeze to pay for senior healthcare

New Brunswick premier ignores his own age cohortDownload New Brunswick premier ignores his own age cohort VANCOUVER, BC, Apr 3, 2015/ Troy Media/ - New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant is Canada’s youngest Premier. Having tabled his first budget at age 32, I wondered whether the Premier brings a new generational perspective to New Brunswick finances. To answer the question, we analyzed how…