OUTRAGE OVER WYNNE’S AGEIST REMARKS
SPEAKING BEFORE an audience of Humber College students in Toronto in early March, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne issued this bleak scenario of what might happen if young people don’t vote in the June 2018 provincial election.
“If you don’t vote,” the premier warned the youthful crowd, “then someone who looks like me is going to vote. Some senior person, older than me, some white person … the reality is that that’s the demographic that’s going to get out and vote.”
Not only did Wynne scapegoat senior voters but she doubled down by suggesting that all seniors are white. And why is turning up at the ballot box a bad thing? Seniors vote not only from self-interest but also for the good of society.
Instead of bashing seniors for voting, Wynne should have praised them for exercising their democratic privilege. Because if Ontario voting numbers mirror those of the 2015 federal election – where 78.8 per cent of Canadians between 65 and 74 went to the ballot box, compared to only 45 per cent of voters between the ages of 25 to 34 – she’ll have to hope her gaffe hasn’t turned off the province’s largest voting bloc. —Peter Muggeridge