#Photos4TheWin
Help us conquer the fear of revealing how government budgets break down by age by taking a quick photo!

In three weeks our volunteer lobbying team is heading to Ottawa to advance our Intergenerational Justice in Public Finance campaign (thanks again for signing the petition — we'll be delivering it on Oct. 24)! 

Our goal: secure a federal commitment to show how public budgets break down by age


We already know how to do it, it would be cheap, and the results could be transformative. [1] 

We met with several MPs last week — as a warm-up to the trip later this month — and things are looking good. [2] 

But there's one big thing that could stand in our way


Fear. The kind of fear that has led people to call us "idiotic" for advocating for this kind of analysis, with some even claiming we're "trying to start an inter-generational war." [3] Whoa. 😯

If that sentiment takes over, we could lose our shot at winning this campaign. 

You can help overcome that fear with a quick photo 📸


We need photos of Gen Squeezers spreading these two messages: 

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We've already made the intellectual case on this campaign. And the case is tight. [4] 

Now it all comes down to heart. We need a stack of photos to print and display during our reception for MPs on Parliament Hill on Oct. 24.

We can't be afraid of the numbers. Your photo — and a stack of others — can help overcome this fear by sending a clear message of openness and solidarity.  

GOT IT. I'LL TAKE A QUICK PHOTO.


[1] Gen Squeeze has developed a peer-reviewed methodology to report on age trends in public finance. We estimate it would only take one full-time staff person to adapt it federally, e.g. as part of the government's "GBA+" framework. If implemented, it could go a long way towards building the case for better investments in child care and family policy, housing, and post-secondary education and to help us pass down fewer debts — of all kinds — to future generations. 

[2] Check out this infographic to see who he met with.  

[3] The whole story is summed here: "Why we make generational comparisons" (7-minute read)

[4] To dive deep, check out our most recent peer-reviewed article: "Intergenerational Justice in Public Finance: A Canadian Case Study" 


 

** Take a quick photo to add to the stack! **

Instructions:

  1. Print off these signs, or make your own! 

  2. Team up with someone and take a group shot.

  3. Bonus points if you team up with a parent/grandparent, or child/grandchild (like over the Thanksgiving weekend 🦃) because this is all about solidarity! 

    Live in different cities? Have each person take a photo and we'll mash em together for you. 

  4. Email your photo(s) to info@gensqueeze.ca by October 10.

  5. Post on social using #Budget4Us #TurkeyTalk #Photos4TheWin

Your quick photo — combined with a stack of others — could make all the difference. 

If we succeed in getting the federal government to start reporting generational trends in public finance, it'll go a long way to build the case for better investments in things like child care and parental leave, housing affordability, and post-secondary education, and to help us pass down fewer debts — of all kinds — to future generations. 

 

Eric Swanson
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