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Gen Squeeze's Hard Truths brings you the untold story about why basic life milestones – like owning a home, raising a family, and living on a habitable planet – are slipping out of reach for younger Canadians and explores how we can make this country work more fairly for all generations. Learn more at https://www.gensqueeze.ca/

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Gen Squeeze's Hard Truths brings you the untold story about why basic life milestones – like owning a home, raising a family, and living on a habitable planet – are slipping out of reach for younger Canadians and explores how we can make this country work more fairly for all generations. Learn more at https://www.gensqueeze.ca/

    Minister Chrystia Freeland on restoring Canada's promise to Millennials & Gen Z

    Minister Chrystia Freeland on restoring Canada's promise to Millennials & Gen Z

    Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke with Gen Squeeze founder Paul Kershaw and our supporters about the federal government's plans to deliver on its budget's promise to restore "Fairness for Every Generation," through investments in housing, child care, climate action, and economic growth. They also tackle the imbalance in spending on older and younger Canadians. This is a recording of a live town hall in Vancouver on June 20.

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    Event slides with budget infographic and more


    ⁠Support our call for an Act to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Present and Future Canadians⁠


    ⁠Our take on Budget 2024⁠


    Previous Hard Truths episodes with Prime Minister Trudeau, ⁠NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh⁠, and ⁠Green Party Leader Elizabeth May⁠

    • 54 min
    Prime Minister Trudeau: How do we not let younger Canadians down?

    Prime Minister Trudeau: How do we not let younger Canadians down?

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat down with Gen Squeeze Founder Paul Kershaw for a live show with our supporters and allies in Vancouver. They delved into the 2024 Budget's focus on "Fairness for Every Generation," as well as housing, child care, climate change, deficits, and the challenge of protecting healthy retirements without sacrificing the wellbeing of younger and future Canadians.

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    Slides from the event with graphics
    ⁠Prime Minister Trudeau's budget announcement video, which ends with a plea to older generations: "We can't let them down."⁠
    Support our call for an Act to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Present and Future Canadians
    Our take on Budget 2024
    Leger x Post Media report that found most Gen Z & Millennials agree that politicians are more interested in protecting interests of older generations and that previous generations are ‘rigging the system’. 
    Previous Hard Truths episodes with NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May

    • 37 min
    Easing The Squeeze in England - with Liz Emerson

    Easing The Squeeze in England - with Liz Emerson

    Younger Canadians are far from alone in feeling squeezed by the rising costs of housing, child care, and higher education. In this episode, we spoke with Liz Emerson, CEO of the UK's Intergenerational Foundation, about the symptoms of generational unfairness harming young people in England, as well as the progress her organization has made calling political attention to their plight and fighting for a fairer deal for young and future generations.

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    "Canada promises generational fairness" by Liz Emerson
    Hard Truths: Younger Australians aren't getting "a fair go" either

    • 39 min
    Curing Canada's sickness care system - with André Picard

    Curing Canada's sickness care system - with André Picard

    When you think about what makes us healthy, do you think of doctors, medicine, and hospitals? Or do you think of affordable housing, living wages, and quality child care? Our health depends much more on the conditions in which we are born, grow, live, work and age than on the medical care we receive. But for decades Canadian governments have devoted more and more of their budgets to medical care, leaving less money for the social supports that matter more to lifelong wellbeing. This unhealthy imbalance in government spending is a major obstacle in our quest to make Canada work more fairly for all generations. So we spoke with award-winning author and journalist André Picard about how curing our “sickness care system” will require greater investment in the building blocks of a healthy society.

    ⁠André Picard⁠ has been writing about health for ⁠The Globe & Mail⁠ since 1987 and was appointed to the Order of Canada last year for his dedication to public health journalism.



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    ⁠Get Well Canada⁠, our alliance pushing Canadian governments to rebalance how they invest in wellbeing
    "⁠Canada must rethink health spending strategy⁠" by André Picard, The Globe & Mail
    "⁠Smart health-care policy must include affordable housing⁠" by André Picard, The Globe & Mail
    ⁠CBC Ideas⁠: "We don't have a health-care crisis, it's an implementation crisis, says André Picard"
    CCPA's The Monitor featuring Get Well Canada
    Watch our video about Past Policy Chickens

    • 39 min
    Taxes, deficits, and Canada's fiscal reckoning - with Sean Speer

    Taxes, deficits, and Canada's fiscal reckoning - with Sean Speer

    Governments of all party stripes, across Canada, must confront a gnarly problem when it comes to investing more fairly in all ages. How do we pay for the ballooning retirement costs of baby boomers, without skimping on the needs of younger people and burdening future generations with massive public debts? And more basically, how can we have "adult conversations" about how to pay for the Canada we want? Gen Squeeze founder Paul Kershaw delves into these questions and more with leading conservative thinker Sean Speer.

    Sean is editor-at-large at The Hub, a Public Policy Forum fellow, and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. He was previously a senior economic adviser to former Prime Minister Stephen Harper. 



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    Our Budget Season 2024 commentary and ⁠Substack Chat⁠, where you can share your budget questions and ideas during our “Office Hours” on April 19.


    “A fiscal reckoning is coming for Canada” by Sean Speer, The Hub 


    “Protect OAS by eliminating outdated tax shelters for retirees” by Paul Kershaw, The Globe & Mail


    “Globe & Mail: Canada’s promise to NATO collides with spending increases for retirees” by Paul Kershaw, The Globe & Mail


    Paul Kershaw’s provincial budget commentary in The Hub:


    Ontario's budget further burdens younger Ontarians
    Alberta's Conservatives double down on expensive health care strategy 
    The B.C. budget highlights just how expensive the Boomers' retirements will be

    • 43 min
    Big news! Why we're feeling optimistic about the federal budget

    Big news! Why we're feeling optimistic about the federal budget

    Our heads have been spinning after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last week that the upcoming federal budget will focus on "fairness for every generation." In this mini bonus episode, Gen Squeeze Founder Paul Kershaw and co-host Megan reflect on the significance of putting generational fairness front and centre in the government's spending plans.


    More about the PM's announcement
    ⁠Sign our "thank you card" to federal leaders⁠
    Check out our Budget Season commentary

    • 17 min

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