Sabrina Maddeaux: I’m running for the Conservatives because Trudeau abandoned my generation

Pierre Poilievre is interviewed by Sabrina Maddeaux at the Postmedia building in Toronto on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. © Provided by National Post

To tell whether a country is succeeding or failing, you only have to answer one basic question. Is each new generation better off than their parents? In Canada, it was long presumed the answer would always be “yes.” Then 2015 happened.

Justin Trudeau’s Liberals chose not just to abandon younger generations, but to steal from their futures — and by extension Canada’s future — in order to pad the pockets of today’s wealthy elites.

The end result is tanking economic mobility and lost opportunity, whether that be the opportunity to own a home, have more children or grow your own business. The pain has been disproportionately felt by younger Canadians although, like an aggressive cancer that’s never satisfied, it’s spread across all demographics.

As a millennial, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to afford to own a home of my own. I’m even less certain whether I’ll be able to do so in the community where I was born and raised.

I’m anxious that, if I move, my rent will practically double for a similarly-sized space. That, even with my current rent, a job loss or unexpected illness could spell disaster — it nearly did during the pandemic.

I stress about the costs of starting and raising a family. And, if I do, what my children’s quality of life would look like. I worry whether we’ll be able to live near their grandparents, or even see them regularly.

It upsets me that so many friends have moved hours away in order to afford a home, which nearly always required family help or inheritances. It disturbs me that, when I talk to other young Canadians, they’re often seriously thinking about leaving Ontario, if not the country entirely.

It horrifies me that refugees are sleeping on Canadian streets in the middle of winter and international students are crammed into filthy rooming houses.

It makes me angry that all of this was preventable and, as it continues to get worse, our elected leaders continue to dodge responsibility and fail to act. I suspect that’s because, unlike me, most of them have no direct experience with the disastrous impacts of their policy choices.

This is why we need more fresh voices in Ottawa for whom solving the affordability crisis isn’t just political, but intimately personal. For whom enacting common-sense policies in areas ranging from finance to immigration and housing is urgent, because they understand the human and societal costs of waiting any longer.

There are many younger Canadians who would make excellent elected leaders, but unfortunately there are many barriers that prevent them from entering the arena. However, I find myself in a somewhat unique position within my age group where I have a real chance to represent generational change and advocate for those who are too often ignored by politicians.

For these reasons, I’m taking a leave from my regular columns at the National Post and running to be the next federal Conservative candidate for Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill.

I want to do whatever I can to build Canada back to a place where every generation is better off than the last. The next election is a critical opportunity to do that before the downward spiral Trudeau’s Liberals thrust us into swallows the country whole.

We desperately need change in Ottawa, and I hope to be a distinct part of it.

Source: National Post