NDP CALLING ON GOVERNMENT TO CREATE A NATIONAL SENIORS STRATEGY
September 18th, 2014 - 11:09am
OTTAWA – Today, the NDP Seniors Critic Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) introduced a motion calling on the government to develop a National Seniors Strategy.
“The number of seniors in Canada is set to double by 2036,” said Mathyssen. “We need to put plans in place now to ensure that we are ready for this dramatic increase. No one should have to grow old in poverty, insecurity and isolation.”
The NDP is the only party with a National Seniors Strategy. To support this much needed strategy, Mathyssen also introduced a motion calling for a Seniors Advocate that will oversee and report on government policies related to seniors.
The NDP Employment and Social Development critic Jinny Sims (Newton-North Delta) also introduced a motion requiring government programs to be accessible to marginalized and ethno-cultural groups.
“It is so important that people can access the support programs in place” said Sims. “We need to make sure that a person can access information and programs in a language they understand.”