Seniors want their own minister in federal government, Warawa says

Langley-Aldergrove MP says survey of constituents generated a record number of responses

  • Nov. 15, 2016 11:00 a.m.

Langley-Aldergrove MP Mark Warawa

A survey of people in the Langley—Aldergrove riding by MP Mark Warawa has found that nine in 10 would like to see a federal minister for seniors, similar to the position that existed in the previous Conservative government.

“We received a record number of responses from Langley residents (668),” said Warawa, the official opposition critic for seniors.

“The results are emphatically clear.”

The poll also found 94 per cent of respondents supported a national seniors strategy to address issues important to seniors — such as establishing a national strategy for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, improving palliative care, and ensuring quality home care.

“A National Seniors Strategy becomes increasingly important as Canada’s demographics rapidly change,” Warawa said.

“Right now, one in six Canadians is a senior. Within 13 years, that number will be one in four.”

The survey went to every home in the Langley-Aldergrove riding.

“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 said.

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