Politics and Priorities –Are You Feeling Squeezed?

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and I have to say when I checked out the Gen Squeeze infographics this morning, they spoke volumes to me. The image of the bull and the baby especially grabbed my attention. It’s kind of cute, kind of funny, but the message is less so. As a society we should be funding what we value, but in this instance I think our priorities are skewed. Shouldn’t our children and our health be worth more?

The Generation Squeeze campaign is all about pointing out the gaps in our spending priorities and the generation that is falling behind. “Because spending on younger generations — whether for family, housing, education, environmental conservation, etc. — will be in short supply until political parties finally acknowledge the large spending gap between generations.”

No time, no money, lots of education and lots of debt – Gen Squeeze are spending more and more hours working for less benefit – their take home wages are worth far less than they were in the 1970s. Which means both parents have to work to bring home what one person earned in the 70s, and they have to pay for childcare as well as much, much higher housing costs.  Some may be delaying homes and families because they don’t see how to balance things out – they are squeezed out of the equation.

Paul Kershaw and his team at Generation Squeeze are highlighting the harm that this uncertainty and stress is doing to younger generations but they do have suggestions on how to fix the problem. They stress the need for a ‘New Deal for Families’ which includes childcare and more time for families. They are enlisting support not just from those affected, but their parents as well.

If we fund what we value, then make sure you point out to your local MLA candidates and the party leaders what you value. Check here to get involved with the Gen Squeeze campaign.

Samantha Hartley-Folz
Manager, Programs and Policy
May 3, 2013

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