Ontario's Under 40s Feel They Have Little Impact Over Government Issues
Young professionals surveyed following Trudeau's first 100 days.
May 9, 2016 Thunder Bay, ON - A survey of young professionals across the province reveals surprising opinions about the new Prime Minister after his first 100 days in office.
A survey conducted by the Young Professionals Network of Ontario (YPNO); a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, shows that the majority of young professionals believe the new government will lead Canada to prosperity.
Ontario's young people believe that they are educated on Trudeau's Real Change platform (76.6%), demonstrating that under forties are in fact engaged in politics and the policy decisions that impact their lives. The bad news is that less than half of respondents (45.3%) agree young professionals are making an impact on shifting the government’s attention to key issues.
Other key survey findings included:
- Only 36% of respondents said recent changes to the Income Tax Guidelines and reduction of TFSA limits will have a positive impact on young professionals.
- Respondents agree that providing a tax break to middle class Canadians is beneficial to both the Canadian economy (69.1%) and young professionals (73.5%).
- 66.7% agree that the benefits of legalizing marijuana outweigh the potential risks
- 52.5% agree the Canadian Government should have ended airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria & Iraq.
Says Nathan Lawrence, Co-Founder of YPNO; “Canada's under forties are the key driver's of the Canadian economy today and for the future as they build businesses, raise their families, buy homes and invest in the communities where they live and work. It is important for Governments at all levels to check the pulse of young people, and not just at election time, to ensure that they continue to feel engaged. YPs in Ontario look forward to working with Federal, Provincial and Municipal Governments to participate in building a stronger Canada together."
YPNO is a central hub for 42 YPNs in Ontario and supports successful and dynamic professionals under the age of 40 to network, do business, advocate, have a voice at provincial and national tables, and build economic development opportunities.
Young professionals represent diverse sectors and come from all walks of life. What we share is a collective vision to develop an active provincial network of young people and make a difference in the future of Ontario.
The survey was distributed through local Young Professional Networks in all locations.
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