This private members’ motion, or M-106, calls for recognition of the growing seniors’ demographic and their needs; a committee study and report on key issues for older Canadians; and a broader mandate for the National Seniors Council to allow it to undertake its own studies and to provide advice on implementing a national seniors’ strategy. Chair of the Northern Ontario Liberal Caucus Marc Serré (Sudbury—Nickel Belt) put forward this motion in early 2017 and twenty Members of Parliament jointly seconded the motion – a formal way of offering their support on this important issue. The motion was agreed on by members of all political stripes in the House of Commons on May 17, 2017 and will be referred to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development for study, with a report to follow.
National Association of Federal Retirees’ President Jean-Guy Soulière met Member of Parliament Marc Serré on April 3, 2017 to discuss Mr. Serré’s motion calling for the creation of a national seniors strategy for Canada. The creation of a national seniors strategy is a priority advocacy concern for Federal Retirees.
“Mr. Serré’s motion calling for a national seniors’ strategy is a positive first step toward what our members and seniors across Canada have been calling for since before the 2015 federal election: a coordinated, comprehensive strategy that will make a real difference to seniors’ health care,” says Mr. Soulière.