78% of Canadians agree or strongly agree that “younger people need to step up and take leadership in politics,” including 82% of 18-34 year olds and a surprising 80% of 55+ voters. Support exceeds 70% in every region of the country and among 2015 voters for every major political party, including 71% of Conservatives, 87% of Liberals, and 88% of NDP supporters.
When asked how many of the 338 seats in Parliament they would like to see filled by MPs under 40, the average Canadian would like to see 130 representatives under 40, compared to only 45 Millennial MPs in the outgoing Parliament. On average, 18-34 year olds would like to see 155 under-40 MPs, 35-54 year olds would like to see 128, and 55+ voters would like to see 116 under-40 MPs.
The Forum for Millennial leadership also gathered information on the generational breakdown of candidates directly from the Conservative, Liberal, NDP and Green Party campaigns. Across 1293 candidates on whom aggregate data was made available, 24% are Baby Boomers (born 1941-1960), 47% are Generation X (born 1961-1979), and 28% are Millennials (born 1980-2000).
Each of the major national political parties in Canada is undergoing generational renewal – some more than others.