Future Generations Protection Pledge


A Pledge to Protect Future Generations

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Future Generations Protection Pledge Signers
Future Generations Protection Pledge Signers

With Canada’s federal debt set to grow to $718 billion by 2019-20, and interest costs poised to jump by 28% over the same period, future generations are being handed the bill. A bill they cannot afford.

That’s why we decided to launch the “Future Generations Protection Pledge” – a comprehensive contract between future generations and their political leaders to get the country’s finances back under control. The pledge commits signatories to:

1. Present a balanced budget to the House of Commons within 24 months after taking office - stopping the federal debt clock;

2. After the budget is balanced, commit to running ONLY balanced budgets in all times outside of war or natural disaster; and

3. Legislate a debt repayment schedule, dedicating a portion of annual revenues towards eliminating the debt.

At Generation Screwed’s Quebec City Action Forum, Member of Parliament and Conservative leadership contender Maxime Bernier became the pledge’s first signatory.

By the end of the Conservative leadership race, 10 out of 14 leadership candidates had either signed our pledge, or commited to. Amongst those that signed, Andrew Scheer became the party's leader in May 2017.

Over the course of the summer, we reached out to the various candidates in the NDP leadership race. Sadly, none of them replied to our emails, they are therefore considered as having declined to sign the pledge.

Currently, the only federal party leader having commited to balancing budgets within two years, keep budgets balanced and put forward a debt repayment schedule is Andrew Scheer.

Of course, politicians have a tendency to forget promises made during elections, so we’ll be sure to keep the hard copies on-hand should he suffer from selective amnesia down the road.

Below is a list of declared candidates for the last federal Conservative and NDP leadership races, their status with regard to signing the pledge and their written response to the pledge's commitment (if they have chosen to provide one).


Conservative Candidates 

Chris Alexander
Status: Declined invitation to sign pledge

Maxime Bernier
Status: Signed at 2016 Generation Screwed Action Forum

"I’m the first declared candidate to sign the Future Generations Protection Pledge to ensure that millennials are not left with an economy in ruin. Join me: www.maximebernier.com/join"

Steven Blaney
Status: Declined invitation to sign pledge

Michael Chong
Status: Declined invitation to sign pledge

Kellie Leitch
Status: Signed Pledge at Generation Screwed Event in Calgary
"I am proud to commit to Generation Screwed’s pledge. Getting Canada’s fiscal house in order is a top priority. Without a debt repayment plan we put at risk the important Canadian values of freedom and generosity, because of interest payments. I stand with Generation Screwed."

Pierre Lemieux
Status: Has Committed to Sign Pledge
"The future of our nation belongs to our children. It belongs to young men and women just entering university and college with dreams and goals. It would be selfish and irresponsible of us to saddle future generations, with our debt and reckless spending."

Deepak Obhrai
Status: Signed Pledge at Generation Screwed Event in Ottawa

Kevin O'Leary
Status: Signed Pledge at Generation Screwed Event in Toronto
"Throughout my travels as a successful Canadian businessman, I have seen first-hand the effect Trudeau's gross economic mismanagement is having on our country. Now he asks us to forfeit our children's futures under the burden of unbalanced budgets for the next 38 years. I will not let that happen."

Erin O’Toole
Status: Declined invitation to sign pledge

Rick Peterson
Status: Signed Pledge at Generation Screwed Event in Montreal
"I'm pleased to support your efforts and to highlight my leadership campaign's key policy plank, which will allow this Pledge to be met - and that is the complete elimination of corporate income tax." 

Lisa Raitt
Status: Has Committed to Sign Pledge
"Lower Taxes and Less Government — When we win together in 2019, we will balance the budget. We will make sure that government gets smarter, not bigger."

Andrew Saxton
Status: Signed Pledge at Generation Screwed Event in Calgary
"We must have a government that operates with strict fiscal discipline guided by a leader who know how to balance the budget. I am happy to sign this pledge, as its guiding beliefs go hand in hand with my platform."

Andrew Scheer
Status: Signed Pledge at Generation Screwed Event in Ottawa
"I am happy to sign this pledge because I am committed to ensuring that Justin Trudeau is not able to do to my kids, what Pierre Trudeau did to my generation.  Massive deficits today, means robbing future generations' prosperity."

Brad Trost
Status: Signed Pledge at Generation Screwed Event in Saskatoon
"Canadians need leaders who will be accountable to both their voters now and to future generations.  I signed the pledge to be accountable to voters now and to be accountable to future generations."


NDP Candidates

Charlie Angus
Status: Declined Invitation to Sign Pledge

Niki Ashton
Status: Declined Invitation to Sign Pledge

Guy Caron
Status: Declined Invitation to Sign Pledge

Jagmeet Singh
Status: Declined Invitation to Sign Pledge