We know people are cynical about politics, fed up with scandals in the senate and city hall, and outraged by robocalls that misdirect citizens away from voting booths. We are too. We know many are skeptical that taking an evening to write a letter to our parliamentarian is going to change anything. We’re skeptical too. We know some even feel like eating their ballots when party platforms don’t seem to speak to their needs. We sympathize.
That’s why we need to strategize differently. Corporations organize, by hiring lobbyists to work tirelessly between elections to represent the interests of the company and stakeholders. Our parents and grandparents organize too, by building groups like the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP), to lobby for Canadians age 50+. Guess what? This strategy works for them, which is partly why governments spend $33k+ per retiree each year and less than $12k per person under 45. It’s time we put the same strategy to work for us.