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Trudeau, Harper and Chretien Have One Thing in Common

September 9, 2018

VANCOUVER – It is definitely not party, ideology or hobbies. No, it’s simpler than that. It’s their political starting age.

The first time they all held a political office, they were under-40 years old. If they were starting out today, they would all be Millennials.

And, that surprised even us. So, we expanded our scope. The numbers were staggering. The more we looked, the more politicians we found that started their political careers well under-40. So much so that we created a series of content on the subject, called Experience Starts Somewhere.

All of which begs the question: why the double-standard towards today’s Millennials? If this generational conflict has happened since time immemorial, how were so many of our current senior politicians able to gain office when they were in their 30’s? Why doesn’t our country embrace today’s under-40’s running for political office?

Perhaps it’s the stereotypes. Somehow a swath of the country has decided that Millennials – the largest generation on the continent – are entitled and disengaged whiners, uniformly unready to lead. While obviously categorically untrue, the incorrect opinions set a difficult tone for Millennials seeking public office.

What are the challenges that qualified and motivated Millennials who are running for office currently face? What are they doing to overcome them? And, what do Millennial candidates see in our country’s future?

Meet the next generation of Millennial leaders. Ask them your questions. Given them your thoughts. Join the conversation on the Millennial political reality at FML’s Conference. September 18th in Vancouver.

Get your tickets today!