Why the Liberal Party is Losing the Youth Vote

Why the Liberal Party is Losing the Youth Vote

Isabelle Webber
Isabelle Webber

Isabelle Webber is a recent University graduate with an interest in politics and international relations. Recently, she’s been interested in Canadian politics and finding ways for youth to have their voice heard in upcoming elections.

I turned 18 in 2015, less than a month before the federal election. I voted for Justin Trudeau, as did pretty much everyone my age. Unlike voting when you’re a bit older, the topics that matter to you aren’t plentiful. Many politicians see young adults as a group that “doesn’t vote” and “doesn’t engage politically.” Thus most policy laid out is catered to people with stable incomes & families. The one issue that I voted based on was Justin Trudeau’s promise to legalize marijuana, which was a policy that got young people to vote for Trudeau in droves. 

Only 55% of people aged 18-34 voted in the 2011 federal election, but in 2015 67% of young adults showed up. Many of us voted for Trudeau, giving him a majority government for four years. But since his 2015 legalization promise, Justin Trudeau has done little to help the generation that got him elected. He is losing the youth vote, and this is why. 

The Changing Political Landscape

First, from when I first voted in 2015 to now, Donald Trump was elected President. Trump’s election introduced young people from across the world to politics; we watched in horror as marginalized groups and working-class people were exploited and terrorized by their government. Donald Trump’s desire to divide people has turned young people, sometimes teens who are not even eligible to vote yet, into politically-involved members of society. 

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We may not know about every aspect of how government works or what is even possible. Despite this, young Canadians are currently looking at how the federal government is prioritizing businesses like Loblaws, Air Canada, and Amazon over the working conditions of its employees, the fairness of their wages, or the fact trickle-down economics has been proven ineffective. We see our Prime Minister redistributing billions in Canadian taxpayer dollars to big businesses while thousands of Canadians fall into poverty & hundreds of small businesses shut down. 

After five years, young people are starting to notice that our Prime Minister does not care about our future, rather only about protecting the rich and powerful who are exploiting us

Trudeau’s Betrayal of the Working Class

Then, we get to climate change. A few years ago, I would’ve argued the carbon tax is an effective way to deal with our carbon emissions. However, a carbon tax is completely ineffective if the government gives subsidies to oil & gas companies and we continue to build pipelines at the same time. Canada’s carbon tax is ineffective because Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cannot stop his ‘corporate socialism.’ The carbon tax is a way of him saying “capitalism for regular people, socialism for the rich” because even though there’s a rebate at the end of the year, it increases costs for every consumer throughout the year. 

This makes it particularly difficult for low-income individuals who can barely afford the necessities as is and are now paying a carbon tax when in reality, businesses should be the ones footing the bill for our carbon emissions, not regular people

In every decision he makes, we see Justin Trudeau – a man who has never once felt financial hardships – dismiss the needs of working-class people who are the ones keeping society running. We all learned during COVID that the lowest-paid jobs are often the essential ones, yet there has been no real effort to elevate people bearing the brunt of this pandemic. He gave billions of dollars to profitable companies that paid out dividends to rich shareholders while excluding disabled, homeless & grown-up foster children from CERB. 

He also failed students by only providing $1200 a month, compared to the $2000 that everyone else got by assuming that students have fewer expenses and thus need less money. This is another example of him being too privileged to understand the effects of his actions. After the WE Scandal, he abandoned the program that WE were supposed to run & left thousands of students out of luck due to his incompetence & mismanagement. That $9 billion he committed to the WE program was never spent on a program to help students, leaving thousands of young people across the country in a difficult situation. 

Additionally, while President Donald Trump has paused the collection of student loan payments & interest for all of 2020, our Prime Minister has been collecting payments & adding interest since September. Young adults, overwhelmingly, have been the group most likely to be laid off, working part-time and gig work with no access to benefits once graduating university. The fact even Donald Trump paused student loan repayments is something that should make every single young person with debt think, “who is Justin Trudeau working for?” It isn’t the young Canadians who are having their futures ruined by Trudeau’s willingness to accumulate debt to give to profitable companies. 

Finally, despite the CRA admitting it was their fault for miscommunicating the qualifications, Sending CERB repayment letters before Christmas was unacceptable. This will destroy Justin Trudeau’s credibility among young adults and every working-class person that struggled financially during 2020. As I mentioned above, the Canadian government has given billions in pandemic relief directly to profitable companies that laid people off. One example is Air Canada who laid 20,000 people off in March while receiving $400 million in wage subsidy. Air Canada then went on to buy Air Transat and pay out big dividends to its shareholders. Not to mention that they owe millions in refunds to customers and are holding the Canadian government hostage by saying they won’t pay anyone back unless they get more bailout money. 

I don’t know who needs to hear this but giving individuals $2000 helps the economy more than giving big business $2000. Consumption is what creates jobs and for us to consume, we need to have disposable income. CERB was designed to give people disposable income to keep banks and businesses from experiencing a crash when all of a sudden, people had nothing extra to spend. Asking people with nothing for their money back, whether he intends to collect it or not, was the nail in the coffin for me. I know that our Prime Minister’s priority is ensuring the success of people in financial situations similar to his, not the Canadians who are struggling. Any time Justin Trudeau says, “we’re here to support Canadians”, just know he’s lying straight to your face and mine.

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Federal funding helps local Legion

Federal funding helps local Legion

The Peachland branch of the Royal Canadian Legion received $11,919.22 from the Federal Funding Programme for Legion Branches. “We are extremely grateful for the support we have received. This will help our branch to weather the pandemic longer and continue to support our veterans and our community,” said branch president Jean Saul.
Legions play an important role in the communities they serve, stated MP Dan Albas. “I would like to thank branch president Jean Saul and her team for the excellent work they do,” said Albas. During the 2020 annual poppy campaign the branch raised $6,824.64. Saul says she’s grateful to the community for this phenomenal total given they couldn’t do what they wanted to do to honour Remembrance Day. / Photo Joanne Layh

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Interior Health declares Cariboo Chilcotin region a COVID-19 cluster, 215 cases since Jan. 1 – Kimberley Daily Bulletin

Interior Health declares Cariboo Chilcotin region a COVID-19 cluster, 215 cases since Jan. 1 – Kimberley Daily Bulletin

Interior Health has declared a COVID-19 community cluster in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region.

The designation allows IH to report COVID-19 numbers, something local leaders have been pushing for since Cariboo Memorial Hospital declared an outbreak Jan. 13.

Eleven front-line hopsital workers have since tested positive for COVID-19 and there are multiple clusters in outlying areas in First Nations communities, who are starting to report deaths relating to the virus.

Since Jan. 1, a total of 215 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the region. Of these cases, 74 reside in nearby First Nations communities and 158 are currently active.

“As we have seen in recent years, this community has a history of coming together during challenging times in the face of adversity. Now is no different: we must stay focused and reduce the spread of this virus together by strictly following public health orders and direction,” said Susan Brown, president and CEO, Interior Health. “I want to thank local First Nation chiefs, our healthcare staff and physicians, and community leaders for their dedication and hard work as we respond together to this increase in COVID-19 activity in the Cariboo-Chilcotin.”

Of the 215 cases, most are related to COVID-19 transmission that occurred at recent social events and gatherings in Williams Lake, noted IH. The number excludes the community of 100 Mile House, Williams Lake First Nation Chief Willie Sellars explained in a video update to his community members, telling them not to panic or become anxious with the news.

“This declaration is being done with transparency in mind and will allow Interior Health to provide area-specific COVID-19 numbers and updates to the Williams Lake community,” he said.

Everyone in the Cariboo-Chilcotin and across Interior Health are reminded that socialization must be limited to immediate household bubbles. Please do not invite friends or extended family to your residence for a visit or gathering.

It is important to follow public health guidance such as physical distancing, washing your hands regularly and wearing a mask.

IH will release regular updates on this community cluster on Tuesdays and Fridays and in addition, everyone is encouraged to monitor the BCCDC website for ongoing COVID-19 data.

Everyone in all communities should remain vigilant in following COVID-19 precautions:

Keep to your household bubbles and avoid social gatherings. Stay home when you are sick and get tested if you have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Practise physical distancing. Wear a mask. Wash your hands often.

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Over 124,000 Work At Home Jobs In Canada And US Remain Unfilled

Over 124,000 Work At Home Jobs In Canada And US Remain Unfilled

Over 124,000 Work At Home Jobs In Canada And US Remain Unfilled

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B.C. records 500 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, 14 deaths – Agassiz Harrison Observer

B.C. records 500 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, 14 deaths – Agassiz Harrison Observer

B.C. public health officials reported 500 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, in line with recent results, as Fraser Health deals with an outbreak at Surrey Pretrial provincial prison.

Prisons and homeless shelters are among the priorities for B.C.’s immunization program after front-line health care workers and residents and staff of long-term care homes receive vaccine. There were 14 additional coronavirus-related deaths reported Wednesday, for a total of 1,104 since the pandemic began in B.C.

Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said recent test results show “our COVID-19 curve is trending in the right direction,” as vaccine delivery is expected to slow until early February. B.C. is approaching 100,000 vaccine doses given.

B.C. public health officials reported 584 new cases in the 24 hours up to Saturday, another 445 up to Sunday and 301 up to Monday, a lower total that generally reflects fewer test results completed on Sunday. There were 465 new cases on Tuesday.

The case distribution for Jan. 20 continues the recent pattern, with 216 cases in the Fraser Health region, 125 in Vancouver Coastal, 91 in Interior Health (Okanagan and Kootenay region), 35 in Northern Health and 32 on Vancouver Island.

There were two new outbreaks reported in the health care system, at Acropolis Manor in Prince Rupert and Villa Cathay Care Home in Vancouver. Outbreaks at Guildford Seniors Village in Surrey, Maple Ridge Seniors Village, Mountainview Village in Kelowna and Village by the Station in Penticton have been declared over.

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First Nations – Campbell River Mirror

First Nations – Campbell River Mirror

Homalco First Nation Chief Darren Blaney said that two aquaculture companies’ move to seek a judicial review of the federal decision to phase out 19 Discovery Islands fish farms directly challenges reconciliation and Aboriginal rights of First Nations.

Blaney said that the matter is now about the First Nations’ “inherent right to self government,” and added, “First Nations will have to intervene, since our Aboriginal rights are on the line here.”

On Jan. 18 Mowi Canada West and Cermaq Canada applied to the Federal Court of Canada for a judicial review of the decision by Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan to phase out salmon farming in the waters off the northeast coast of Vancouver Island by June 30, 2022.

Minister Jordan’s announcement on Dec. 17 was made after a months-long “nation-to-nation” consultation process with seven First Nations that hold title in the area – Homalco, Klahoose, K’ómoks, Kwaikah, Tla’amin, We Wai Kai and Wei Wai Kum First Nations.

A coalition of Indigenous groups and wild salmon advocates have been calling for fish farms to be removed from B.C. waters, arguing they threaten the health of wild salmon.

The declining numbers of salmon – food fish for the First Nations – also had several cultural implications. Jordan’s decision to phase out the farms was welcomed by First Nations in the area who said that her decision gives salmon “an opportunity to come back.”

However, aquaculture industry stakeholders and local mayors have been at the forefront of voicing dissatisfaction with the federal decision stating that it affects 1,500 jobs and the economy of Vancouver Island.

Cermaq said in a statement Jan. 19 that their judicial review focuses only on the conduct of DFO and the Minister of Fisheries and that the companies respect the opinions and the rights of the First Nations in the Discovery Islands region.

“Cermaq’s goal is to allow time for engagement with the local First Nations to examine opportunities to achieve mutually beneficial agreements,” read the statement.

But Blaney said that these statements coming from the company are “hollow… just words, no action.”

“If they (aquaculture industry) want to reinstate the farms they will have to consult with First Nations going all the way up to the end of the Fraser and every other person who gets impacted on the B.C. coast,” said Blaney and added that the First Nations have begun discussions about this matter with the BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN).

He also said that it was disappointing to see “unanimous support” coming from city halls to fish farms.

Calling Minister Jordan’s decision a “bad” one, North Vancouver Island mayors raised concerns about the economic impact it would have in their jurisdictions. Some of the mayors expressed their support for fish farms and in a letter to the fisheries minister told her that they feel “disposable and discarded.”

Blaney said that the reaction coming from them, “shows how little regard people have for First Nations,” and added that it’s “racism.”

“They voted unanimously to overturn this decision saying that it was a ‘mistake’ and so does that mean my culture is a mistake? We passing on our culture to future generations, is that a mistakes? That’s what this challenge is. It goes right back to the kind of racism that our people have been treated throughout Canada.”

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Victoria police investigating after 15 foot flames engulfed tent – Saanich News

Victoria police investigating after 15 foot flames engulfed tent – Saanich News

The Victoria Fire Department extinguished a 15 foot tent fire in the 500-block of Ellice Street Jan. 19. (Black Press Media File Photo)

The Victoria Fire Department extinguished a 15 foot tent fire in the 500-block of Ellice Street Jan. 19. (Black Press Media File Photo)

Victoria police investigating after 15 foot flames engulfed tent

Flames damaged nearby business in 500-block of Ellice Street

Victoria police are investigating after a tent was engulfed in 15 foot high flames Tuesday night (Jan. 19), igniting a nearby hydro pole and damaging a business.

Shortly before 7:30 p.m., officers were called to the 500-block of Ellice Street where an unoccupied tent was on fire. Traffic in the area was affected while the Victoria Fire Department extinguished the blaze, which had spread to a hydro pole and wires. A nearby business also sustained damage.

No one was injured, but officers are investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the VicPD report desk at 250-995-7654, extension 1, or report anonymously to Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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WestJet’s 737 Max to be first to return to Canadian skies after global grounding – Peace Arch News

WestJet’s 737 Max to be first to return to Canadian skies after global grounding – Peace Arch News

WestJet Airlines Ltd. says it will operate the first commercial flight of the Boeing 737 Max in Canada since the aircraft was cleared to fly again in Canadian airspace.

The flight will take off from Calgary on Thursday and land in Vancouver, where company executives will hold a press event, WestJet said in a news release Wednesday.

Starting Jan. 22, WestJet plans to fly the Max three times weekly between Calgary and Toronto.

The Boeing 737 Max was grounded in Canada in March 2019 following two deadly crashes that investigators said was caused by a faulty sensor system.

Transport Canada lifted its grounding order for the Max on Jan. 20 after approving a number of changes to the airplane’s design, including allowing pilots to disable an alarm system found to be central to the crashes.

Max pilots will also be required to undergo additional training in flight simulators before they can operate the plane in Canadian airspace.

Air Canada, which has 24 Max aircraft in its fleet, has said it intends to start flying the plane as of Feb. 1.

U.S. airlines began operating the Max in December, with some carriers implementing new policies to notify passengers if they are scheduled to fly on the aircraft.

WestJet said earlier this month that it intends to offer flexibility to its change and cancellation policies for customers who are uncomfortable flying on the Max.

WestJet also released a marketing video outlining the changes to the Max in an effort to ease passengers’ concerns about travelling on the plane.

The European Union is expected to clear the Max to fly next week, while China has said it still has no timeline for approving the aircraft.

Jon Victor, The Canadian Press

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January 20th coronavirus update for Oakville

January 20th coronavirus update for Oakville

This is the Wednesday, January 20, 2021 coronavirus update. Oakville reports the 2,500th confirmed case to date, but local hospitalizations in town are down by 20% today. Four new outbreaks open in Halton – all in workplaces but none in Oakville.

The number of daily cases and active cases have gone down in Ontario ten days in a row. Active cases across Canada also continue falling. Today’s planned announcement about when students in Halton will return to school didn’t come. Vaccines continue a slow and steady rollout.

Note: Oakville figures are updated seven days a week with Ontario and Global cases. Provincial school updates are temporarily paused under shutdown until in-person classes resume in Halton.

Oakville and Halton coronavirus cases update

Changes in figures are since the Oakville News update on January 19, 2021.

  • 128 active cases – plus 3
  • 22 patients at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital – minus 6

  • 2,508 total cases (confirmed and probable) – plus 15
  • 49 deaths – no change
  • 2,331 recoveries (93.2% of all cases) – plus 12
  • 2,380 completed (recoveries+deaths) cases – 95.2% of cases
  • 9 outbreaks – no change

Oakville LTC & Retirement home COVID-19 Status

Below is an updating table of data from long-term care and retirement homes in Oakville:

Status in Halton 

  • 439 active cases – plus 1
  • 53 cases in hospitals across Halton – minus 3

  • 7,693 total cases (confirmed+probable) – plus 54
  • 146 deaths – no change
  • 7,104 recoveries (92.3% of all cases) – plus 50
  • 7,250 completed (recoveries+deaths) cases – 94.2% of cases
  • 40 outbreaks – plus 4

Note: Halton Region’s recovery count is combined into one number with probable, now closed cases. This total includes some cases that were not coronavirus recoveries.

Ontario coronavirus update

Changes are from yesterday’s figures. Information released as of January 20, 2021 for the end of yesterday.

  • 26,467 active cases – minus 1,148
  • 1,598 people hospitalized – minus 28
  • 237,900+ vaccinations – plus 13,700
  • 32,361 completed vaccinations (both doses)

  • 244,932 confirmed cases – plus 2,655
  • 212,897 recovered cases – plus 3,714
  • 5,568 deaths – plus 89
  • 218,465 resolved cases (deaths & recovered) or 89.1%
  • 54,307 tests conducted, coming back 4.9% positive
  • 395 people in ICU – minus 5
  • 296 people on ventilators – plus 4

Summary of Institutional Outbreaks (Long Term Care Homes, Retirement Homes, Hospitals)

Canada and Global coronavirus update

Changes in Canadian and global figures are since the last Oakville News update, January 19, 2021. With the high number of cases nationwide and globally, all numbers are approximate (within 0.1% of the total.)

  • 68,900+ active cases – minus 1,700
  • 680,900+ people vaccinated

  • 724,300+ confirmed and suspected cases
  • 18,427 deaths – plus 189
  • 636,900+ recoveries
  • 655,300+ resolved cases (90.4% of all cases)

United States coronavirus update 

World coronavirus update

  • 96.5 million total cases 
  • 2.06 million deaths 
  • 69.5 million+ recoveries

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