Michaels: Bank accounts of 30-somethings don’t reflect ‘strong Canada’

So much attention has been put on whether youth, ethnic minorities and a litany of other groups are going to vote this election, that I’m feeling a bit left out.

So much attention has been put on whether youth, ethnic minorities and a litany of other groups are going to vote this election, that I’m feeling a bit left out.

Where in political platforms is the pandering to disgruntled 30-somethings who still can’t boast an end to student loan debt accrued in the years when the future looked bright?

Is there nothing for those who hit an upward mobility roadblock in cities where the cost of real estate has increased by 230-plus per cent in the last decade?

Should our related desire to update wardrobes several times a year, instead of investing in anything that come with the words “tax write-off,” really make us irrelevant?

For the record, power people of varying political stripes, you shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss my kind.

Our bout of apathy was rocked in the ’90s, so we usually vote. In fact, back to my wardrobe point, if you were to invite us to a photo-op with the proviso of wearing a costume relevant to our station in life—as the Conservatives did for ethnic minorities—we’d be enthusiastic, accessorized and ready.

But you’d see right away, unfortunately, that our spring lines are a bit too similar to fall selections because we’re getting poorer.

All this talk of a stable, strong Canada hasn’t been reflected in our bank accounts, which quite honestly have showed a weakening balance from month-to-month for the last three years.

A high likelihood of being a notch in Stats Canada’s unemployment surveys is one reason, but for those who have dodged the layoff bullet more deftly, there’s the whole issue that wages haven’t risen since the unspeakable recession rolled into town.

Strangely, that didn’t impact rising gas, food and everything-else prices.

Worse yet, even the people we’ve traditionally sponge off are having problems, whether you believe it or not. And I know the Prime Minster, at the very least, doesn’t.

I watched the debates and between witty barbs, I saw his earnest looks and heard him say all was OK.

In fact we’re faring better than the US, but the apple and orange comparisons were a bit off-putting. I mean, we’re economically more sound than Cambodia too, but that’s no more a worthy measure than the US these days.

That’s neither here, nor there, I suppose. Optimism reigns supreme going forward and our dear leader has said things are getting better.

There are fighter jets on the way, to prove it. Nothing speaks of a rosy financial future like making purchases without a price tag. I get it, Mr. Harper. I will have my Julia Roberts a la Pretty Woman episode one day too, as soon as my creditors get off my ass.

Until then, I’ll content myself with carrying around my locally acquired new passport through all the nice new bike paths and roads the government helped fund.

Maybe I haven’t been left out after all.

Kathy Michaels is a staff reporter for the Kelowna Capital News.





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