October 1st, 2012

New Democrats mark National Seniors Day

On National Seniors Day, New Democrats recognize the important role of seniors in communities from coast to coast to coast.

National Seniors Day was created in 2010 and coincides with the International Day of Older Persons, a UN General Assembly initiative to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of seniors to society. This UN initiative demands that governments respond to the needs of older persons.

This year however, the prime minister talked about the aging population as a problem that can be detrimental to our economy. Canadians were also surprised to learn that the government rose the age of eligibility for Old Age Security from 65 to 67 even though experts say the program is viable.

“The government can do better to ensure the financial security of retirees,” said Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe, New Democrat Critic for Seniors. “The government’s attitude could lead to potential conflict between the generations or promote ageism.”

“Whether it’s in community organizations, political associations, boards of directors or social groups, as volunteers, experienced workers or mentors, seniors in our society are an invaluable wealth for Canada. That’s what I want to remind Canadians on this National Seniors Day,” concluded the Member of Parliament for Pierrefonds--Dollard.