The election has arrived. And, Susan Delacourt writes, it will be all about our children:
Children can’t vote in this election, but they will loom large in the electoral conversation of all parties over the next six weeks.
Kids are evoked by politicians when they want to talk about the long-term future, and so much of the top issues in this campaign will be a struggle between long-term and short-term thinking. Is this election about what happens for the next few years or are voters making choices for future generations too?
Climate change, of course, will be one of those big issues. What was once a long-term concern — global warming and the future of the planet — has recently been sliding on to the short-term horizon. Last year’s report from the International Panel on Climate Change, warning that the world had only 12 years to get its act together to avert catastrophe, has prompted many politicians and voters to see the 2019 federal election as do-or-die for the environment. Certainly that is how it is being cast by Liberals, New Democrats and the Greens.
So climate change has finally moved centre stage. But money will also be in the centre ring:
Justin Trudeau’s Liberals will be accused over and over again, especially by Conservatives, of mortgaging the future of Canadian children with all the spending and debt saddled on future generations.
So on these two key policy debates — climate and debt — voters should be braced for a pitched battle over how dreadful a world Canadian kids are poised to inherit and what kind of reckless, short-term thinking created it.
Immigrants will be part of the debate. And, in the west, oil will certainly be on the agenda. How will it all shake out?