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…

Niqabs, millennials symbols of the age of entitlement

2 recent op-eds in the National Post bear little resemblance to the real world

Niqabs, millennials symbols of the age of entitlementThe National Post’s op-ed pages had an interesting day recently, sporting several pieces that stuck in my mind. This column is about two of them. The first one felt like the Post’s umpteenth brief against the Harper government’s prohibition of niqabs at citizenship oath-taking ceremonies. The paper certainly hasn’t been shy about expressing its disapproval…

Quebec budget cuts child care to prop up medical care

Maple Spring legacy short-lived for younger Quebecers

Quebec budget cuts child care to prop up medical careDownload Quebec budget cuts child care to prop up medical care VANCOUVER, BC, Apr 1, 2015/ Troy Media/ - During the 2012 Maple Spring, Quebecers saw firsthand that younger citizens can refocus public attention on issues that matter to them and contribute to a change in government. This political clout was noticed across the country.…

Alberta’s younger generation squeezed more than any other province

The budget allocates $7,489 for each of its under 45s while spending $17,129 for each of its seniors

Alberta’s younger generation squeezed more than any other provinceDownload Alberta s younger generation squeezed more than any other province VANCOUVER, BC, Mar 27, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Alberta Premier Jim Prentice primed the electorate for spending reductions in his 2015 budget by emphasizing that Alberta spends $1,300 more per person than the national average. What he didn’t tell us is how this average…

Saskatchewan budget doesn’t work for all generations

When the government can find new money for asphalt and bricks but not young people it’s time for a change

Saskatchewan budget doesn’t work for all generationsBuild roads and protect medical care for grandma. But don’t build child care for her kids and grandchildren. These are the kind of trade-offs that the Saskatchewan government made (again!) in its 2015-16 budget. Coming into this fiscal year, the Saskatchewan government already contributed to a combination of federal, provincial and municipal spending that totals…

BC builds billion $ surplus on backs of Generation Squeeze

Why does Generation Squeeze only deserve just 16% of the new per capita spending allocated to retirees?

BC builds billion $ surplus on backs of Generation SqueezeDownload BC builds billion $ surplus on backs of Generation Squeeze VANCOUVER, BC, Feb 18, 2015/ Troy Media/ - As the 2014 fiscal year ends, the British Columbia government estimates that it will bank a $979 million surplus. Flush with cash, the government has decided to cut revenue by $139 million in 2015 by reducing…

The “middle class squeeze” falls primarily on the younger generation

A young couple brings home little more than what one breadwinner often did in the mid-1970s

The “middle class squeeze” falls primarily on the younger generationVANCOUVER, BC, Mar 7, 2014/ Troy Media/ - The “middle-class squeeze.” Opposition political parties bandy about this phrase to score points against incumbent governments, while governing parties go out of their way to suggest their critics exaggerate. The truth is, no political party is giving us the straight goods about what is happening to the…

Generation Squeeze working to create the political clout to affect change

Giving all political parties the incentives to adapt policy for younger Canadians

Generation Squeeze working to create the political clout to affect changeBy Paul Kershaw and Eric Swanson Generation Squeeze VANCOUVER, BC, Mar 4, 2014/ Troy Media/ - As they finish school, begin careers and start homes and families, younger Canadians are squeezed by lower wages, higher costs, less personal time and a deteriorating environment – even as the economy produces more wealth than ever before. Governments…
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