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  • Globe & Mail: Poilievre’s promise to end deficits sets collision course with boomers

    Posted by · May 17, 2024 3:00 AM

    There are only three realistic paths to eliminate the federal deficit: gut benefits for boomers’ retirement; raise taxes to pay for boomers’ benefits; or ramp up immigration. Voters deserve to know which challenges Mr. Poilievre plans to accept.

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  • Canada’s Gen Fairness budget is getting noticed around the world

    Posted by · May 16, 2024 4:35 PM

    Canada’s Gen Fairness budget is getting noticed around the world. Our colleague from the UK’s Intergenerational Foundation, Liz Emerson, took the time to share her thoughts on the promise of generational fairness at the heart of Canada’s recent federal budget

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  • Task Force Campaign Report: Call in the tugboats!

    Posted by · May 10, 2024 4:50 PM

    This year's budget commitment to "Fairness for Every Generation" was a game changer, but the freighter of government changes course slowly. Now we're calling for some institutional tugboats that can keep prodding the federal government to follow through on its promise to make Canada work for all generations.

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  • The Globe & Mail: You’re no longer middle-class if you own a cottage or investment property

    Posted by · May 04, 2024 9:09 AM

    Owning a cottage or investment property is no longer a middle-class reality. It’s a sign of affluence in a country where rent and home ownership are so much more expensive for younger residents today than when baby boomers were young. More, not less, taxation of second properties is required to protect younger Canadians in the housing market, fill the revenue hole left by governments that did not plan adequately for boomers’ retirement, and spur productivity.

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  • Globe & Mail: The promise of “fairness for every generation” is a game-changer

    Posted by · April 27, 2024 6:40 PM

    The 2024 federal budget promises “fairness for every generation” as the starting point for a new fiscal framework. This acknowledgment is a game changer, because the first step in solving a problem is admitting you have one. The next steps will take more than a single budget can deliver.

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  • Globe & Mail: Restoring balanced budgets is harder than cutting spending on the things people love to hate

    Posted by · April 20, 2024 12:00 AM

    Meeting the goal of generational fairness means our legacy can’t be large deficits. Meeting this goal will require addressing the massive revenue shortfall but it will be nearly impossible if too many of us believe the path to balanced budgets is as easy as eliminating spending on things we love to hate.

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  • Globe & Mail: There are good ways to make life more affordable for Canadians. Cutting the carbon tax isn’t one of them

    Posted by · April 07, 2024 6:28 PM

    Those opposed to the federal carbon price promise to save us money. Generally they won’t, because research shows the carbon price contributes less than 1% to our major costs of living, such as rent and food. There are better ways to improve affordability, such as policies to reduce housing, child care and other major costs of living.

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  • What’s behind Liberal promises on fairness for every generation?

    Posted by · April 05, 2024 10:26 AM

    The federal government is already demonstrating that ‘fairness for every generation’ isn’t just a convenient slogan. Every day since March 27, the Prime Minister has announced concrete policies to improve affordability for younger Canadians — policies which align with ingredients in our comprehensive housing and family solutions frameworks. Here are our takeaways on recent budget promises about restoring housing affordability and supporting young families, along with questions we'll be asking when the budget is tabled.

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  • Federal government promises to deliver greater generational fairness in budget 2024

    Posted by · March 27, 2024 5:32 PM

    Never before has a government been bold enough to organize their budget to respond to the problem that “hard work isn’t paying off [today] like it did for previous generations.” For young people across Canada struggling with unaffordable housing and other costs that have risen far faster than earnings from paid work, this is a welcome validation of the systemic root causes of the challenges they face.

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  • Ontario 2024 Budget burdens younger residents

    Posted by · March 27, 2024 2:03 PM

    The real fiscal signal in the 2024 budget is that the Ford government has a serious revenue problem, despite investing little to reduce unaffordability pressures. Provincial plans to restore a balanced budget by means of spending restraint and revenue from future economic growth is on shaky ground. Younger voters inherit more debt, but little help with major costs of living like postsecondary and housing. Here’s our take on why that is a bad generational deal.

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