Last week, I interviewed four Canadian millennial voters and asked them who they are voting for in this upcoming federal election and why! (Read that article here). Today I delve deeper into understanding what my millennial peers are thinking about the most important policy issues that took the front stage this election. The responses are extremely interesting and reveals the perspectives of each voter through a fun round of rapid fire on hot policy issues.
Each participant was asked a question individually and they answered as honestly as they could through a promise of anonymity. This is what they had to say:
Q. What is your take on the role and responsibility of Canada to reduce its carbon footprint? What and how much should Canada do?
Q. What is your take on the immigration & refugee policies that Canada has had and in what direction do you think they should be headed?
Q. What is your take on recent cuts to OSAP grants and changes to the loan repayment time? What do you think should be done with regards to student grants & loans for Canadian students?
Q. What is your take on the first-time home buyer’s loan?
Q. What is your take on the trans mountain oil pipeline?
Q. What is your take on NAFTA and Canada’s trade relationship with the United States?
Q. What is your take on Canada’s small business loans?
Q. What is your take on Canada’s tax cuts for corporations that help create jobs?
Through these few questions from these four individuals, I didn’t expect in any way to get a full or representative picture of what the majority of voters in such voters bases think of. Rather, I wanted to share how diverse our perspective could be, even when we come from the same city, same university, same age group and the same gender. The drastic differences in perspectives was something I had expected to find. What remains interesting to me is the difference in knowledge and interest depending on the issues that each individual held close to their heart and those that do not effect them. I’m happy to see that we have some level of interest and participation in the election from among fellow millennials. Yet, the difficulty of finding people who were interested or aware enough to give me this interview painted a darker picture. Most friends I had approached had said they either have no interest in politics or they took a look at the interview questions and said they simply didn’t know enough to be commenting on any of the platforms and policies in discussion. Nonetheless, from among the young adults who chose to remain aware and engaged in policies, this is where we stand on these four political parties. I hope we can all go and vote to represent our generation – no matter which party we end up voting for.
Who did Canada’s millennials end up voting for? Read our review of the published statistics leading up to the election.