BC NDP tables ‘Wait for February’ budget update

More work required for child care, housing and generational equity

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Promising Signals for a B.C. Government Agenda to Ease the Squeeze

Throne Speech Commits to Homes for People First and Features Child Care

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Gen Squeeze closely watching three #BCBudget issues

Photo from BC NDP: March 27, 2017 -- Flickr Creative Commons. 

As Generation Squeeze eagerly awaits the new BC NDP provincial budget, we're sharing our three priority issues as outlined in an August 3 memo to Finance Minister Carole James:

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Choosing health coverage that's right for you

In Canada, we’re lucky to have our basic needs met through our national health care system. But many Gen Squeeze supporters said they still needed help with extended coverage for things like prescriptions, paramedical practitioners, and dental. So we’ve taken our terms to the market and have added to our extensive Benefits program what we believe is the most affordable health coverage plan:

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Let’s take a moment to celebrate!

It’s been a tough year for young Canadians. Housing prices remain high, income growth remains sluggish, and cost increases continue to mount. But together, we’ve helped achieve significant wins in politics and the marketplace to help counteract this powerful 360-degree squeeze.

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Strategy memo: the housing crisis and B.C.'s new government

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Photo: Four members of B.C.'s new government who could play key roles in easing the squeeze, from left to right: Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; Premier John Horgan; Carole James, Minister of Finance; Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care

B.C.'s new NDP government - supported by the BC Greens – came to power partially on a wave of anger & dissatisfaction with how the previous BC Liberal government handled (and failed to handle) the affordability crisis. 

Indeed, the first commitment of the new government - listed in Ministers’ mandate letters - is to “make life more affordable.” 

So, what can we expect from Premier Horgan and B.C.’s new government? And where are we focussing our own efforts? This strategy memo lays things out. 

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Working for you

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Gen Squeeze advocates for younger Canadians day in, day out, in the media, in the community and at all levels of government. 

This infographic is a snapshot of our "Suit Up" activities including our meetings with decision makers, our media outreach, and our community presentations, all of which are informed by our in-house research coordinated by Dr. Paul Kershaw at UBC.

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FACT: Things are harder, now

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 "Well, [younger person], life has always been hard!" 

Sure, that's true. Life isn't supposed to be a cakewalk. Most of us will always have to work hard to make our way upstream.

But here's the reality: in crucial ways, things are harder now than they were 30-40 years ago (when today's Baby Boomers were coming of age).

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It’s Time to Start Taxing Housing Wealth -- Like Now!

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Finding affordable housing in Vancouver shouldn’t be such a horror show

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Here’s how many (if not most) Vancouver renters interpret the housing situation right now: any actual “affordable” rentals come with abusive, intrusive landlords, pests, or are just plainly unlivable dwellings.

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“Yes, Canadian governments need to make younger people a priority. I want a Canada that works for all generations."

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