Care Watch calls for all parliamentarians to work together, and with provincial and territorial governments and with stakeholders, to develop, adopt and act on a national strategies that wll collectively benefit older Canadians.
Health services are, in general, provincial and territorial responsibilities, but are guided and supported by national frameworks and policies. Along with improved home care and community services, we called for two new national policy frameworks – a seniors strategy and a pharmacare strategy. Both are springboards for work with the provinces and territories.
We prepared a brief summary of the four national parties’ platforms on the three issues we identifed early in the election as critical for seniors: 1) home and community care and other services for seniors; 2) a seniors strategy; and 3) pharmacare. Platforms and promises, however, are only the bare beginnings, so we add some comments and questions about the next steps.
Brief: Summary of Federal Political Party Positions on Seniors Issues,October 27, 2019
What can you do? The 2019 federal election wasn’t an endpoint, but one step in a process. Now the real work begins.
- Stay informed about policies affecting seniors. Check our website for more information and analysis. We will pass along what we learn.
- Hold local representatives, leaders, and officials accountable. Don’t be satisfied with vague promises and funding announcements with no specifics. These people are accountable to you.