My column on Saturday mused about this idea of doing something for future generations. At the Future NB summit several speakers told us we need to fix our current challenges for our grandkids. I stated that in 1971 there were 2.6 people under the age of 20 for each person over the age of 55 by 2009 that was down to 0.7 young people for each person over the age of 55. By deduction, it is likely that a majority of people in NB with grandkids have to travel outside NB to visit them.
So what does it mean to do it for your grandkids when they are in BC or Alberta?
Most of us don’t invest our retirement money here. We don’t have grandkids here. Should we be so concerned with future generations at some other level?
I say yes but make a few points in the piece.
I think we need to try and understand how this demographic shift does influence our ability to focus on ‘future generations’ which is essentially the idea that we take some pain now for the benefit of future generations.