Serving Canadian Seniors
Seniors play an important role in our families, communities and workplaces. They helped build our country and continue to contribute to its success. As a senior myself and having worked with seniors throughout my role as a Member of Parliament, I am convinced that a high quality of life for seniors requires helping them stay active, engaged and informed.
As the Official Opposition Critic for Seniors, I have had the opportunity to meet with many seniors across the country and listen to the issues that are important to them. Seniors have repeatedly told me that they are concerned about two things. They want: (1) a Minister for Seniors to represent them and (2) a National Strategy for Seniors.
These priorities become increasingly important as Canada’s demographics rapidly change. Right now, one in six Canadians is a seniors. Within thirteen short years, that number will be one in four. This fundamental shift in our country’s demographics will present new opportunities for our society. It will also present challenges, to which the Government of Canada must demonstrate a commitment to ensure both the well-being of seniors and Canada’s future prosperity.
It’s an honour to work with seniors across the country to help ensure that the Government of Canada is meeting their needs. If you would like more information about seniors issues, or would like to give feedback by responding to our seniors survey, please see below or email me at email@example.com.
WARAWA ACKNOWLEDGES WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY
OTTAWA, ON – Today, Member of Parliament Mark Warawa issued the following statement acknowledging World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
“Canada’s seniors built our nation into the strong and diverse country we live in today, and they play an important role not only in our own families, but in Canadian society. As citizens, we each have a role to play in honouring our seniors and ensuring that they can continue to live with dignity and respect as they age. This includes raising awareness about elder abuse, and taking action against elder abuse when we see it taking place in our communities,” said Warawa.
Elder abuse exists in many forms and covers a wide range of behaviours. It includes any action, deliberate behaviour, or failure to act by a person in a position of trust that causes or risks causing: physical, sexual or emotional harm, or damage to – or loss of – property or assets. Abuse may be a pattern of behaviour or a single incident.
“As the Member of Parliament responsible for Canadian Seniors, I am privileged to advocate for the safety, security and dignity of Canadian seniors in Ottawa and throughout our communities. On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, I encourage Canadians to speak with their friends, families and loved ones about the many ways we can support and protect all Canadians - regardless of their age,” concluded Warawa.
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, dial 9-1-1 or call the emergency number listed in the front of your phone book.
For non-emergency situations, referrals and information:
Seniors Abuse and Information Line (SAIL)
The Seniors Abuse and Information Line (SAIL) is a safe, confidential place for older adults and those who care about them to talk to someone about situations where they feel they are being abused or mistreated, or to receive information about elder abuse prevention.
- Toll-free: 1-866-437-1940 or 604-437-1940 in the Lower Mainland
- Available 8:00 am – 8:00 pm daily (excluding holidays)
- Website: http://seniorsfirstbc.ca/programs/sail/
VictimLink BC is a confidential telephone service available across BC and Yukon 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
VictimLink BC provides information and referrals to all victims of crime, and crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence. Interpreter services are available in more than 110 languages upon request, including 17 North American Aboriginal languages.
- Toll-free: 1-800-563-0808
- TTY (assistance for deaf and hearing impaired): 604-875-0885 or toll-free at 7-1-1
- Text: 604-836-6381
- Email: VictimLinkBC@bc211.ca
- Website: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/justice/criminal-justice/victims-of-crime/victimlinkbc
Warawa Receives Record Response on Seniors Survey
November 08, 2016
Langley, BC – Today, MP Mark Warawa released the results of a recent survey on seniors issues, which went to every home in the Langley—Aldergrove riding.
“We received a record number of responses from Langley residents,” said Warawa. “The results are emphatically clear: Langley residents want seniors to have a voice in the Government; they believe that a National Seniors Strategy and a Minister for Seniors is the best way forward.”
A National Seniors Strategy would ensure that many of the issues important to seniors — such as establishing a national strategy for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, improving palliative care, and ensuring quality homecare — are listened to and addressed.
“A National Seniors Strategy becomes increasingly important as Canada’s demographics rapidly change,” added Warawa. “Right now, one in six Canadians is a senior. Within thirteen years, that number will be one in four.
“Without a strategy, the Government does not have a sustainable plan to address both the challenges and opportunities that stem from this shift in our country’s population,” said Warawa. “Developing this strategy starts with appointing a Minister for Seniors. The Prime Minister has the portfolio of Minister for Youth, and there is a Minister for Families, so this begs the question: shouldn’t Canada’s fastest-growing demographic have their own voice in government?”
Warawa is the co-chair of an all-party Seniors Caucus. The mandate of the caucus is to address the growing concerns of Canadian seniors across the country. “Already, we’ve had very productive meetings. I’m hopeful that this committee will bring forward valuable recommendations to assist the Government of Canada in better serving our seniors.”
Of the 668 responses received, 94% (625) stated that they are in favour of a national strategy for seniors, 2% (14) were opposed and 4% (29) were undecided.
In addition, 90% (602) stated that they are in favour of having a Minister for Seniors, 4% (29) were opposed and 6% (37) were undecided.
- Seniors want their own minister in federal government, Warawa says (Langley Times)
- Langley MP surveys on senior ministry (Langley Advance)
National Seniors Day: October 1st
Mark delivers National Seniors Day message in the House of Commons
National Seniors Day occurs every year on October 1st. It is an opportunity for Canadians to thank the seniors in their life. A simple ‘thank you’, or word of encouragement can go a long way.
Langley Seniors Summit
CPP TAX-HIKE DOES NOT HELP SENIORS, BETRAYS MIDDLE-CLASS AND SMALL BUSINESSES: WARAWA
June 24, 2016
Langley, BC – Official Opposition Critic for Seniors, Mark Warawa, says that the Liberal government’s CPP tax-hike is a tax on the middle class and small businesses.
“The Liberals’ CPP tax-hike will take money from the paycheques of hardworking Canadians who are nearing retirement, and will not actually benefit low income seniors or help seniors who are already retired,” said Warawa. “This is also a betrayal of Canada’s small businesses. The Liberal government continues to promote policies that increase the cost of doing business and punishes job creators by taking more of their revenues.”
“We believe in reasonable, evidence-based policies to help Canadians save for their priorities,” added Warawa. “That’s why we expanded the GIS and promoted policies that actually provide seniors with more financial resources when they retire. It’s unfortunate that instead of building on our accomplishments, the Liberal government is implementing a CPP tax-hike, which will not only take more money out of the pockets of hardworking Canadians, but also eliminate jobs.”
In 2015 the Canadian Federation of Independent Business studied a CPP tax-hike and found that it would eliminate 110,000 jobs and permanently lower wages by nearly 1%.
Mark Warawa asks the Government why there is no Minister for Seniors
June 13, 2016
Mark Warawa supports Bill C-233: National Strategy for Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias
June 8, 2016
MP Mark Warawa asks why the Prime Minister is not protecting our most vulnerable seniors
February 26, 2016
Warawa Deeply Concerned by Committee Report on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: Committee Report Disregards Supreme Court Instructions
February 25, 2016
OTTAWA, ON – Today, Mark Warawa, Member of Parliament for Langley—Aldergrove and Official Opposition Critic for Seniors, joined other Members of Parliament on the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying, Michael Cooper (St. Albert-Edmonton), Gérard Deltell (Louis-St-Laurent), and Harold Albrecht (Kitchener-Conestoga) to release a dissenting report in response to the Report of the Committee tabled in Parliament this morning.
“The Liberal dominated Committee Report goes far beyond the Supreme Court’s mandate and ignores the deeply held beliefs of many Canadians,” said Warawa.
“The recommendations in the Committee’s Report will put vulnerable Canadians, including seniors, at risk,” said Warawa. “The report ignores the need for stringent safeguards and palliative care. The report also disregards conscience protection for physicians and health institutions.”
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MP Mark Warawa at Press Conference for Dissenting Report on Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia
February 25, 2016
On February 25, 2016 Mark Warawa, Member of Parliament for Langley—Aldergrove and Official Opposition Critic for Seniors, joined other Members of Parliament on the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying, Michael Cooper (St. Albert-Edmonton), Gérard Deltell (Louis-St-Laurent), and Harold Albrecht (Kitchener-Conestoga) to release a dissenting report in response to the Report of the Committee tabled in Parliament earlier that morning.
Seniors not Mentioned in Throne Speech
November 20, 2015
Ottawa, ON – Today, Mark Warawa, Member of Parliament for Langley—Aldergrove and Official Opposition Critic for Seniors, expressed his disappointment that seniors were not included in the Speech from the Throne.
“I am very disappointed that the government’s Speech from the Thrown did not once mention seniors,” said Warawa. “The Prime Minister made many promises to Canadian seniors, but he has not appointed a Minister for seniors and does not have a plan to keep those promises. I am very concerned that Canadian seniors will be overlooked by this government.”
“Right now one in six Canadians is a senior. In fourteen years, one in four Canadians will be a senior. Canada needs a sustainable plan for seniors that will meet their needs. I call on the government to present a clear plan for supporting Canadian seniors.”
Warawa Appointed to Shadow Cabinet as Critic for Seniors Portfolio
Langley—Aldergrove, BC – Today, MP Mark Warawa was appointed to the Official Opposition’s Shadow Cabinet as Critic for the Seniors portfolio.
“I am deeply honoured to receive this role in Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition,” said the Langley—Aldergrove MP. “Seniors play an important role in our families, communities and workplaces. They helped build our country and continue to contribute to its success. As a senior myself and having worked with seniors throughout my role as a Member of Parliament and at ICBC, I am convinced that a high quality of life for seniors depends a great deal on helping them to stay active, engaged and informed. I look forward to working with seniors across the country to keep the Government accountable to meeting their needs.”
“Canadian seniors remain a high priority for Conservatives,” continued Warawa. “Under the previous government, a Minister of State was appointed to specifically address the needs and concerns of seniors. The current Liberal Government has removed this role. My job as Critic will be to help ensure that seniors are not overlooked by the current government.”
Canada’s population is in the middle of a fundamental shift. In 2012, almost one in seven Canadians was a senior; by 2030, that number is projected to jump to nearly one in four.
“Canada’s change in demographics will present new opportunities for our society,” noted Warawa. “It will also present challenges, to which the Government of Canada must demonstrate a commitment to ensure both the well-being of seniors and Canada’s future prosperity.”