Seniors

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 mark.warawa@parl.gc.ca

Seniors Survey

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.”

Survey Background:

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. 

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 LangleyAldergrove 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 governments 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

LangleyAldergrove, 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 LangleyAldergrove 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.

MP Minute - Interview with the 2014 Langley Seniors of the Year: Peggy Schafer and Don Kelley

Mark meets with Canadian Seniors

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