Friday September 30, 2011


VICTORIA – “Saturday October 1st, Canada celebrates National Seniors’ Day, a day to recognize how important seniors are to the fabric of Canada.  And that is especially true here on Vancouver Island,” said Randall Garrison, MP (NDP) Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca.  “Saturday is a day to recognize the work that seniors do every day in their families, in their communities and in business.” Garrison continued.

“Seniors have built the past and continue to shape the future of Canada.  In Greater Victoria seniors continue to contribute every day in multiple ways, but always with an inspiring level of energy on projects that make Canada a better place,” said Garrison


National Seniors day was designated last year and coincides with the International Day of the Older Person, a global initiative to recognize the contributions that senior citizens make. This UN initiative calls on governments to do more to address the needs of older persons.


“The percentage of seniors will increase considerably in Canada in the upcoming years. What awaits them?  Together, let’s make sure that seniors have the place they deserve in our society,” appeals Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe, NDP Deputy Critic for Seniors.   Throughout a series of summer consultations with Canadian seniors, NDP Seniors Critics found there is a desperate lack of funding for programs and a very real and legitimate fear that Canada is not prepared for the rapidly rising seniors population. 


“Clearly there is more work that the federal government can do to improve the lives of seniors,” said NDP Seniors Critic Irene Mathyssen.  “I cannot think of a better way to recognize the contributions of our seniors to Canada than giving them the opportunity to retire with dignity, the dignity to remain in their homes, in their community, and with their friends and family.”




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