Our selfie Prime Minister Justin Trudeau captured the enthusiasm of millennial voters like no other Canadian politician, but with the elections of Jagmeet Singh to lead the NDP and Andrew Scheer as CPC leader, he’s now the oldest of the three major party leaders.
At a full seven years older than Scheer and Singh, how exactly will Trudeau keep hold of young voters next time around?
Well, in part with his initiative called the Prime Minister's Youth Council.
Thirty Canadians aged 16-24 make up this council which meets several times per year to advise Trudeau on issues such as the economy, education, climate change and other youth issues.
It sounds good to get Millennials engaged in the political process but the problem is, it’s becoming a big waste of your taxpayer money.
And, in true Liberal style, it also has a strong hint of elitism.
Watch as I explain what was revealed in an Order Paper Question from NDP MP, Anne Minh-Thu Quatch regarding the budget for the entire office including all the bureaucrats hired to run the operation.
Trudeau promised modest deficits in the last election, but when you take an inherited surplus and turn it into a deficit of nearly $20B, there is a systemic spending problem.
Sure, a couple million for meetings, and $5 million more for salaries might be a drop in the bucket comparatively, but there is little evidence this Youth Council is actually addressing any serious issues for young voters.
Rather, it seems to be an avenue to continue Trudeau's popularity and secure the youth vote among Millennials who will make up the biggest generational block of voters next election.
I expect Andrew Scheer and Jagmeet Singh to join Trudeau in courting their votes but glamourizing this Youth Council as some kind of important bureaucracy with fancy meetings is just sending the wrong message.