Fast Facts for Newly Elected MPs

Elephant_graphic.jpgIt's Speech from the Throne day.  MPs are sitting again in the House of Commons.  Have you sent them the Gen Squeeze Briefcase:  Fast Facts for Newly Elcted MPs?

To mark the occasion of a new Prime Minister and Parliament we want you to have this blog as a special kind of briefcase.   

Inside you'll find a briefing document, and proof that “Better is Always Possible” (a slogan our new PM used a lot on the campaign, and a slogan we love).

** Open the Briefcase **

“Better is Always Possible” means it’s OK to be critical AND positive at the same time.

For example, the Liberal government's platform contained many promises that could help ease the squeeze on younger Canadians. Great!

At the same time, the Liberal platform suffers some weaknesses (strengths and weaknesses are summarized inside). That’s to be expected. The point is to have fun as we respectfully and relentlessly pursue better, in our case a better generational deal. 

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to deliver this briefcase (this blog itself, or just the contents) to your Member of Parliament.  It could affect how they represent you in our House of Commons.  

Gen Squeeze’s job is to lobby for you, to make sure our politicians do more to ease the squeeze on you or your family. We’ll do that day in, day out no matter what. 

But if you want to feel more connected to your own representative, consider getting in touch with them. [1] Give them the briefcase and share your story. How are you being squeezed, and what have you had to do to adapt?  

Your MP wants to serve you, your community and Canada; that’s why they’re there. They'll appreciate hearing from you and receiving this information.  

Happy New Parliament!

P.S. Prime Minister Trudeau also named himself Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth; a good sign.

[1] If your Member of Parliament is new, it might take them a while to get their contact information up on that Parliamentary website we linked to. You can check back in a week or two OR try sleuthing their contact information from their election campaign page (you should be able to Google it).

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  • commented 2016-02-17 12:00:17 -0800
    Dear James. Thanks for your interest in our info graphic. However, your interpretation of the visual is INCORRECT. Full details are in our age analysis of the 2015 federal budget available at:

    In sum, the elepehant-sized spending on retirement income security includes: $55 billion in CPP spending; $46 billion in OAS spending; $22 billion in RPP tax expenditures; $13 billion in RRSP tax expenditures; and another $6 billion in a range of smaller tax expenditures to stretch income in retirement: i.e. the AGE credit, Pension Income Credit and Pension Income splitting, etc.

    You refer to the CPP in your note below. It does differ from the other policies that make up federal retirement income spending in so far as CPP has a greater “prep-pay” component to it — meaning that the value of the benefits that people draw from CPP bears some relation to the amount they contributed over their working lives, whereas all the other spending comes straight from general revenue.

    Still the CPP is absolutely social spending, because the amount you put in does not determine the amount you get out. Someone could work 40 years, retire at 65 and pass away one year later, getting far less from the CPP than what s/he contributed, even when counting what any spouse may be eligible to benefit from postmortem. By contrast, someone like my grandmother who is 100 has been collecting CPP for decades and has drawn far more from the system than she ever contributed. CPP is a social insurance system — and as such it is an important part of a social spending analysis, even though it is funded differently than the other components of the retirement income spending envelope that we capture with the elephant info graphic.

    Kind regards,
    Dr. Paul Kershaw
    University of BC & Founder of Generation Squeeze

  • commented 2016-02-08 00:01:52 -0800
    Appealing to someone who has operated Canada’s largest Pension and Human Resource administration and consulting firm with that misinfo Elephant and Hippo graph is the worst way I know of to establish credibility. Bill Morneau Canada’s Finance Minister and his father W Frank are both aware that your elephant is not Government expense but rather the return of pension savings to workers and their investments held in trust by a separate entity.
    The needs of young Canadian families are real as are the consequences if needed supports and policies are not effected by this Government. Denigrating those needs with a specious argument is demeaning and almost guarantees it will not be taken seriously. This minister is only too aware that the graphic depiction of social spending is not representative of actual social " spending " by any government.

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

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