Why All Millennials Should Be Separatists

Baby Boomers are the largest demographic in Canada by a wide margin.  People in their 50’s – 60’s outnumber both Generation X and the Millennials.  Because of this, Canada is growing old and the future is bleak.

Retired senior citizens do not earn much income and thus pay very low taxes.  This is the fundamental premise of how RRSPs works.

They also require the most resources of any other age demographic.  To illustrate this, if you put 4 small children in a single room with two beds they will have the time of their life.  If you put 4 seniors in a room with two beds, you are probably in a Canadian hospital, not having a particularly good time. (That’s a bit flippant but still illustrates the point).

In the past, younger generations supported seniors.  Mid life adults (in their 40’s and 50’s) at the peak of their income earning potential and still relatively healthy had the means to support their elders.  The economic activity that enabled mid-lifers to have those means (and thus pay more taxes) was consumption from young adults and their children, (who also paid taxes – there’s a bit of a pattern here).

For this system to balance there needed to be a small pool of seniors, with increasing amounts of younger people.  The needs of the elderly could then be met by the surplus of all younger generations without being so onerous as to cripple the economy or cause unproductive inter-generational conflict.

To wit, more younger people supporting fewer seniors is sustainable.  100 years ago, this was the case.

More seniors with fewer young people to support them is not sustainable.  This is where we are today.

Herein lies the ultimate reason why every Millennial should be a separatist.

If you are a Millennial your parents made an intentional choice 20 – 30 years ago to allow you to live.  In that regards, you and I are the lucky ones, and be sure to tell your parents you love them and appreciate them for making that choice every chance you get.

Unfortunately for us, our parents were an abnormality.

Most of our parents’ peers decided having kids of their own would cost too much money, be too much work, or YOLO and so they just couldn’t be bothered.

What our parents’ peers failed to realize was that those babies they didn’t want (our generation) would one day grow up to be the adults whose taxes would pay for services they would one day need.

This is a very selfish and short-sighted mindset.  But this is Canada.  Par for the course.

We saw this hold true in the the Oct 2015 Federal Election.  All the polls indicated that support for the Liberal party of Canada was highest among senior citizens.  The reason is obvious.  The Liberals had the most lucrative campaign promises towards seniors among any party.

Never mind the fact that you and I as Millennials will be the ones to pick up the tab for those promises – when the beneficiaries of them are long dead and no such benefits will be remotely possible for us.

What else would you expect from a country where self-centered myopia is the cultural norm?

Tangentially, Western Canadian seniors had more sense – but we Westerners tend to be very un-Canadian in most regards anyway.  Alberta and Saskatchewan are also the youngest provinces in Canada, so to you disenfranchised Western Canadian Boomers and Xers – we Western Millennials are not as much of a lost cause as we might seem.

More generally, if you are a 20 – 30 year old Canadian, you probably haven’t realized the gravity of the situation.

You are probably too busy being young and living in the moment to think about frumpy issues like “How am I going to save for my retirement?” or “Who will pay for my ‘free’ health care in 30 years?” or “Why  am I paying so much in taxes and getting so little back in return?” or “Why does the economy suck so much?”

Being Canadian, I can’t say I blame you and nor do I judge you.

When almost everyone around you has no vision for the future, it’s easy to conform to the crowd.  You (for now) at least have your youth as an excuse.

However, one day, when you wait 9 hours in an emergency room with your sick child, or when you calculate how much you will actually get out of your CPP payments, or when you are chronically under-employed with few opportunities to become independent, you will realize the truth.

Canada was doomed from the day you were born.

You will NEVER be able to outvote the people from your parent’s generation who ran this country into ground.  (Note: If you are a Millennial or Post-Millennial, odds are, your parents weren’t among them)

You CAN however vote to separate from Canada, which in the coming years will be the logical choice to avoid the coming Canadian shipwreck.

In a future article, I’ll write about how I already have and how it has made all the difference for me.

 

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3 thoughts on “Why All Millennials Should Be Separatists

  1. When one accuses a generation one should have facts not rhetoric. I for one of the late baby boomers have never voted for a Trudeau, nor agreed with a National Energy Program. When I was young we looked at separation just like your generation is doing. After considerable discussion, research and soul searching, most of us realized there was more to gain by building the country than would be gained by tearing it asunder.

    Canada is a vibrant nation with resources variety that only the old USSR could match. Yes Canada and most of the world for that matter is feeling the effect of unbridled greed as nations deliberately try to bankrupt small operators in a specific industry. There is nothing Canada as a nation can do about this short of placing an import tax on imported petroleum products

    Now this poses an interesting conundrum, this tax will instantly raise the cost of energy in the importing provinces while it could benefit western producers by supplying the eastern provinces, but there is no pipeline that goes that far east. This just might get the wheels of industry moving since western Canada does not make steel, needs massive amounts of pipe and assorted manufactured goods. Prior to this economic downturn there was close to $100 billion dollars of projected construction in the Fort McMurray area alone, never mind the potential growth in the rest of the province and other provinces that supply the needs of a bustling industry.

    When I was young Alberta was not a power broker we were an agricultural province with a petroleum industry in its infancy. My parents put the first bricks into the road of economic growth in Western Canada, my generation carried on where they left off. We have seen good times and bad times, but we never gave up, we adapted, made the necessary changes to put the province back on its feet and kept growing.

    Now it is your turn, you can tear the country apart, or you can work from the inside, get involved, become masters of your destiny by building not destroying.

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    1. Simple demography dictates Canada cannot grow – at least for 40 – 60 years. It is entirely factual that there are fewer and fewer members of every generation after yours. This begs two questions: how will existing Canadian institutions survive without the capital from your generation as it passes on? How will my generation provide the tax base as we can never work or innovate hard enough to fill the hole in from your generation’s significant capital generation capacity and consumer needs?

      Overlay demography to government’s dismal finances, it’s clear there is no way Canada can grow.

      In a few years, we will be unable to field a capable military due to a shortage of military age citizens (those in their 20’s – 30’s) – meaning our sole mechanism of national defense will be American benevolence.

      Couple with that the fact that our largest trading partner by far is the US and, with the exception of oil, there is practically nothing we can export to the Americans that they genuinely need and cannot produce or take for themselves elsewhere, cheaper.

      The situation for a united Canada becomes obviously precarious and unsustainable.

      Canada is truly in it’s sunset years.

      It’s like an outdated software application that can no longer meet requirements from a world that has long since surpassed it.

      The only way to meet the requirements is by throwing it away and starting fresh.

      Separation is the only way to do it.

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