Millennial Politics 101

Now that PM Trudeau is the oldest of the major party leaders and millennial voters (b. 1980-2000) outnumber boomers, Canadians are wondering whether the country is on the cusp of an epochal electoral shift. On balance, despite the hype to the contrary, the evidence suggests not. It is true that first-time voters gravitated en masse towards the youthful Trudeau in 2015 but, given his rivals, that was likely a one-off. When surveyed, millennials' idealism tends to track to the left, but their considerable socio-economic anxiety (on jobs, wages, debt and home ownership) tracks to the right. Millennials are every bit as smart, as savvy and as diverse as they appear. They won't vote as a bloc any more than their parents did.