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MP Jati Sidhu concludes town halls on National Seniors’ Strategy
Mission, B.C., March 16, 2018
Jati Sidhu, Member of Parliament for Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon, this week concluded the last of seven town halls throughout the riding to discuss the National Seniors’ Strategy, a pan-Canadian plan to improve the quality of life and strengthen access to care for the nation’s seniors.
“The response we received was overwhelmingly positive,” Sidhu said. “Each of the town halls gave us invaluable feedback, and we were very happy with both the turn-out and the reception we received. We were also very impressed with the wide range of ideas and issues raised, and my office is now compiling all the contributions to help shape this initiative and get that feedback to the committee responsible.”
The town halls took place between March 7-14, with consultations taking place in Abbotsford, Mission, Agassiz, Lytton, Lillooet, Cache Creek and Ashcroft. While there were many different concerns raised by attendees, several topics were discussed consistently, including:
- Financial security
- Improved access to federal services
Marc Serré, MP for Nickel Belt, tabled the original motion for the creation of the strategy in May 2016, and has been working closely with Sidhu on this issue as it continues being studied by the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development (also known as HUMA). Serré attended the town halls in Mission and Agassiz.
“MP Sidhu has been a great ally in this initiative, and it’s been a pleasure working with him on this from the start,” Serré said. “His input will have a major influence on the National Seniors’ Strategy, and his constituents should know the hard work and passion he has brought to bear here. Mr. Sidhu is helping to shape a monumental program for Canadians.”
While the town halls were a success, Sidhu knows there is still much work to do.
“Our government has been delivering positive results for seniors, from reducing the age of eligibility of OAS and GIS from 67 back to 65, increasing the GIS benefit for low income single seniors, investing $6 billion in homecare over six years, and more,” Sidhu said. “However, there is still much that must be done. As Canadians are living longer and our population gets older, we need to be prepared to ensure the highest level of service and care for our seniors. That’s why I got involved with this initiative, and from what we heard at the town halls, my constituents agree.”
To learn more about the HUMA Committee’s study on developing a National Seniors’ Strategy, or to submit a written brief, please visit the following website: http://www.ourcommons.ca/Committees/en/HUMA/StudyActivity?studyActivityId=9540123