The BC Greens’ spending promises offer young people more than the BC Liberals and BC NDP combined, according to a new study by Generation Squeeze.
The “Swamplight” study analyzed all three party platforms ahead of the BC Election on May 9, to shine some light on how each party’s pledges would benefit people aged under 45.
The study found the BC Liberals were planning to spend $100 more per young person, the BC NDP would spend $400 more, and the BC Greens would spend $1,200 more.
By comparison, for people aged 65+, the BC Liberals would spend $600 more per young person, the BC NDP would spend $750 more, and the BC Greens would spend $800 more.
Dr. Paul Kershaw, founder of Generation Squeeze, which advocates for young people across Canada, said politics responds to those who organize and show up.
“Generation Squeeze genuinely does not care who people vote for, so long as they vote, ” he said in a release.
The study was published out of UBC, using data from the BC 2017/18 Budget, Statistics Canada and the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
According to Generation Squeeze, Elections BC data also shows that 40% of 25-34 year olds and 49% of 35-44 year olds voted in the 2013 BC election.
By comparison, 67% of British Columbians aged over 55 cast a ballot, says the release.
“Since younger citizens have been less likely to cast a ballot on election day, this has resulted in political parties showing less urgency in the past to solve the big problems that face younger Canadians – including the fact that high home prices in BC have left behind young people’s earnings,” said Kershaw.
Read the full study here: Swamplight–Making Sense of the 2017 BC Election Platforms for Voters under age 45.
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