Full Text of Speech:
Mr. Bruce Hyer (Thunder Bay—Superior North, GP)seconded by Mr. Rathgeber, moved for leave to introduce Bill C-685, An Act to amend the Celebrating Canada’s Seniors Act (living situation of seniors).
He said: Mr. Speaker, I am introducing the seniors bill of rights to amend the Canada Seniors Act in order to establish a yearly mandatory comprehensive review of the living situation of seniors.
It would provide an annual overview of seniors’ living standards. It would report on the access to affordable, accessible and secure housing. It would deal not only with housing, but the determinant of seniors’ health. It would provide information on access to universal health care, including primary care, dental care, home care, long term care, pharmacare and, what we will all face eventually, palliative care.
Canadians have a right to be worried about the condition of seniors. We need a comprehensive approach. The public wants immediate action for us to improve the healthy aging of seniors and this would lead to that.
We must ensure our seniors are protected from abuse, neglect and exploitation, and enjoy freedom, dignity and independence in their older years.