Oops, a Senior’s Moment… for Canada
“Canada is having a “senior’s moment’; we’re forgetting that actions have consequences.”
What was that we forgot again? Ah yes, we are getting older. More Canadians are living to older ages, and there are fewer younger Canadians.
But seniors are nice, so what is the issue?
There are actually quite a few (issues), and unlike years past when only a few (like CHP) were warning of a “demographic time bomb” now several major Canadian news sources are talking about it.
The CBC ran an article last October that made the case for thinking of 65 being ‘old’ as an outdated concept — though they did not advocate for raising the age for retirement and pension. And yes, they even mentioned that a low birth rate was a contributing factor to Canada’s fast-aging problem; however, they did not call for restrictions on abortions to turn the problem around.
The Globe and Mail published an article on January 13th giving some details to Canada’s demographic trend: 20% of Canada’s population will be over age 65 by 2026. The authors suggest Canada consider these four things: “…more geriatric experts, more geriatric training for the whole work force, more public-health education to empower older adults and caregivers, and more health policy that can support us all as we age.” They also point out how difficult it is for governments to keep offering the services that they are providing with rising costs and greater demands.
The National Post put out an article just last week on the federal spending associated with Canada’s “demographic time bomb”. Spending keeps increasing on election promises and social programs. Spending is increasing, but tax revenue will decrease as more baby boomers begin to retire. This is a slow-motion disaster for Canada’s long-term financial health.
Each of these articles talked about the cost and about the future, but did not give much attention to the underlying cause. It is good that they are opening the issue, but let’s go a little deeper.
CHP has warned for years and will continue to warn that unrestricted abortion has resulted in a smaller cohort of young people; there are approximately four million4 fewer people under the age of 50 than there would have been if they had not been killed by abortion. Compound that with the number of children that some of those people would have given birth to, if they had been allowed to live, and the underlying cause of our problem becomes evident.
We don’t have enough taxpayers now because we aborted them.
Canada is having a “senior’s moment’; we’re forgetting that actions have consequences. The abortions of yesterday are leading quickly to the cash-crunch of tomorrow.
One “solution” is as morally unacceptable as the cause (abortion) — “medical assistance in dying” or euthanasia as it used to be called. The more seniors and disabled people who are killed before their natural end of life, the less work for our health care providers, and the less cost for the system. Right now, euthanasia is optional and somewhat restricted, but our cash-strapped government is trying to remove those restrictions and the external pressure to end one’s life prematurely will grow. Action item — please take the time to answer this government survey on expanding access to “MAID”–Medical Assistance in Dying.
CHP’s warnings of years past by Rod Taylor and Ron Gray on the long-term problems that abortion would cause are no longer limited to a few “of us” (like-minded organizations); now the media is also talking. Better late than never, yes, but we need them and other organizations to tackle the root of the problem and call for an end to abortion. No, it won’t make the demographic problem go away overnight, but ending the most inhumane of mass-murders that this world has ever seen is a goal worth striving for.
That is putting it bluntly. Hard truths deserve straight talk.
If governments are not talking about this in the next election cycle, they will be deliberately avoiding one of the biggest issues of our times.
CHP believes in honestly confronting the problems that we are facing and getting to the root. If you believe that this is what is necessary, please join CHP and get involved. Like Canada’s demographic problem, we can’t expect instant results, but doing the right thing is the first step!
4 (Book) Abortion Worldwide Report: 1 Century, 100 Nations, 1 Billion Babies (P. 258)
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- Borrowing Prosperity, Postponing Austerity
- CBC, Ethics, and Redeemer University
- So-Cons and Faux-Cons Part Two
- Defund the Police? Why Not?
- Time to Sell Your Stocks in Lego?
- Political Discussion or Racism?
- Cognitive Dissonance on Life-Saving Measures
- Temporary Crisis, Permanent Power-Grab
- So-Cons and Faux-Cons
- A Licence For Your Thoughts?
- Oops, a Senior’s Moment… for Canada