In 2016, at 32 years old, I could either be considered one of the oldest Millennials or one of the youngest members of GenX. I like to think of myself as a Millennial but many younger Millennials don’t seem to agree with that assessment.
My parents, born in 1955 and 1953 are Baby Boomers. They, and everyone in their generation are the glue that holds Canada together.
Whether born in Canada or immigrated (like my parents), Boomers were people who believed hard work and success went hand in hand. By and large, they were civic minded and believed that paying taxes was an important duty for all Canadians. I daresay Boomers were among some of the most patriotic Canadians this nation has ever birthed.
At birth, Canadian Boomers inherited a new, industrialized economic machine – paid for with the blood of the “GI” generation who fought in World War 2, and the tears of the “Silent” generation who were too young to serve, but too old not to forget the horrors of that era.
As children, they were doted on and loved by parents scarred and traumatized as the survivors of a literal apocalypse. In the euphoria of the short lived era of peace, they witnessed the explosive optimism of a world that was hopeful for a future that never materialized. A future of peace, stability, love, unity, and universal brotherhood.
As young adults, they shattered long standing traditions and norms held sacred for centuries. Redefining love, life, and how society at large should operate. Nowhere is this more evident with the election of Pierre Elliot Trudeau, who rode into Parliament in 1968 on a wave of young adult Boomer support, known as “Trudeaumania“.
As mid-lifers, Boomers generally rejected the unbearable cynicism of their elder Silent’s that gave rise to the wild, nomadic, punk rock Generation X of the 60’s and 80’s. The looked to their Millennial children with the love and affection their parents looked upon them with, only devoid of the brash pragmatism gained being survivors of an era of unimaginable suffering and bloodshed.
As late-lifers, the Baby Boomers outnumber us all.
Those of us in GenX and the Millennial generation will never be able to out-vote, out-produce, out-consume, out-perform or out-influence the Boomers. There’s are not enough of us and among those of us who are there is a significant lack of ability, character, cohesiveness or consensus.
Without Boomer’s sheer bulk, their solid work ethic or their jingoistic (both foreign and domestic) nationalism – Canada cannot function.
The clock is ticking.
The statistical life expectancy in Canada is approximately 77 – 79. With continual advancement in technology, let’s call it an even 80.
The oldest Boomers, those born in 1945, turn 71 years old in 2016. In 10 years, most Boomers will have faded into the pages of history. In 20 years, almost all of them will be gone.
God willing, I will be 52 by then.
In that day, all that will be left of the Boomers is the memories of them among their GenX and Millennial children. If Canada still exists, the government will somehow expect us to pay for the insurmountable levels of government debt the Boomer elected politicians (like Justin Trudeau) amassed during their time alive.
This is why Canada will not survive without the Boomers.
Gen X and the Millennials cannot carry that burden.
We will either emigrate (probably to the United States) or simply refuse.
We will realize that the Canada we and our children will inherit will in no way benefit us. There will be no incentive to work – only to receive government welfare and hope to die before the debt to finance it comes due.
Life for Millennials especially will be wretched and miserable.
Most will never be able to shake the irrational impression and expectations the whole world placed on them. They will always think of themselves as children that were a burden contributing to vague, ethereal global challenges like social justice, overpopulation and climate change. All of which, predictably, will be debunked long after the David Suzuki’s and George Soros’s of the world have passed on (passing the bill onto us for their malfeasance).
Canadian Millennials will not be ennobled and civic minded, prepared to sacrifice themselves for a greater good. They probably won’t be able to pay attention to anything that doesn’t have a touch screen, mobile apps, and a connection to the internet.
This is the future of Canada without the Baby Boomer generation. This is why the break up of Canadian confederation is inevitable.
This is a trend that will become unstoppable in the coming decades.
There is no avoiding this fate. There is only preparing for the inevitable.
Canada will not survive when the Baby Boomers are gone.