Courtesy the Montreal Gazette, which should have published the article with a giant frowny face on the side and an embedded recording of your old auntie clucking her tongue.
“Younger Canadians are more concerned about themselves and money,” blares the subheading. The column refers to a Parisian study of 16-29 year-olds in 25 different countries.
The poll suggests that Canada’s up-and-coming generation could be more individualistic and materialistic than the preceding one. Retirees, take note: This generation could be less committed to Canada’s social safety net.
The Montreal Gazette apparently finds this surprising (or believes its older readers are idiots.) It would be surprising to me if the average 16 to 29 year-old wasn’t the tiniest bit resentful at the thought of having to support two, three, or four senior citizens from the baby boomer glut with his or her tax dollars.
The poll finds that 47 per cent of young respondents in Canada feel that it is more important for society to reward individual performance than to share prosperity more equitably. That compares with 39 per cent of their elders.
Indeed, 54 per cent of young people in Canada (about the same as in the U.S.) say they want to “earn a lot of money” -only in China and India is the eagerness for wealth greater.
About half of young Canadians want to earn a lot of money and think individual effort and merit ought to be rewarded. Tragic. Has anyone checked the ice floes of Nunavut for Jean Chretien?
But Gazette columnist Henry Aubin buries the lede.
As well, 62 per cent of young Canadians say an ideal society should be characterized by the lowest possible taxes rather than by the optimal social benefits (exceeded only by the Americans, at 72 per cent).
Not bad! Couple this finding with results from other studies that show young people now are consistently more socially liberal than preceeding generations, and it’s beginning to look like Canada has raised a crop of libertarians.
They don’t exactly want to have kids, either.
H/T: Montreal Simon, who doesn’t like these results one bit.