Opinion

Singh’s victory heralds the end of the baby boomer’s reign in Canadian Politics

Baby boomers are the demographic cohort following the Silent Generation. There are no precise dates for when this cohort starts or ends; demographers and researchers typically use starting birth years ranging from the early-to-mid 1940s and ending birth years ranging from 1960 to 1964. Today that would be anyone from the age of 53 to the age of 77.
The Federal NDP announced their new leader this weekend, Jagmeet Singh age 38. Chantal Hebert wrote;” Singh’s victory heralds the end of the baby boomer’s reign in Canada.” She is correct.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is 45 years of age. In Opposition we have Conservative Andrew Scheer age 38 and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh aged 38.
Let us look closer to home, at Alberta politics. Premier Rachel Notley is 53 and could be the youngest baby boomer or the first of the next generation, Generation X. Brian Jean at age 54 is in the same boat, the younger of the baby boomers or the older Generation X. Then you have definite, Generation X alumni Jason Kenney, age 49 retiring from federal politics to try his hand at provincial politics, and Alberta Liberal Party leader David Khan aged 43.
Municipally in Red Deer we have a Mayor, Tara Veer a definite Generation Xer at 39 this year, or 35 upon first being elected Mayor.
As a confirmed Baby Boomer I enjoyed the benefits of being part of such an influential group, but it is time to pass the torch to the next generation. I hope people our age can still be of assistance, offering advice, sharing experiences but I hope we can accept that the next generation is fully capable accepting the reigns of power in Canadian politics. Don’t you?

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