October 24, 2012
Toronto, ON: Tom Mulcair, Leader of the Official Opposition, will host a town hall to address and take questions from the chairs of 55 CARP chapters from Victoria to St John’s and points in between.
Friday, October 26, 2012
10:45 am – 11:45 am
Fairmont Royal York
100 Front Street West, Toronto
Upper Canada Ballroom – 18th floor
Open to the media – media arrival – 10:30 am
Media availability – after Town Hall only 11:50 am – 12:05 pm [firm departure time]
“According to our polls, CARP members rank the NDP policy proposals very highly but the key question they will have for Mr Mulcair will be what he can do as the Leader of the Official Opposition to advance on those promises”, said Susan Eng, VP Advocacy.
Among the priority issues will be:
- Old Age Security
- Reversal of the decision to raise the eligibility age
- Replacement of lost income support for neediest seniors
- Increase income support for single seniors
- National health care standards and funding
- Chronic and long term care, home care
- End of life care
- Long term care insurance
- National pharmacare – first dollar coverage for all Canadians
- Pension reform
- CPP – enhancement
- Improve PRPPs with mandated employer contributions, target benefits, regulated fees
CARP is Canada’s largest national advocacy group for older Canadians and stays in constant communication with its 300,000-plus members across the country through the pages of ZOOMER magazine which lands on every doorstep nine times a year and CARP ActionOnline – the twice monthly e-newsletter which reaches 90,000 email addresses and includes the CARP Poll™ which provides a snapshot of member opinion on the issues that particularly concern them.
Older voters are an important constituency since those over 60 vote regularly and CARP members are particularly engaged politically and civic minded.
CARP is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to advocating for a New Vision of Aging for Canada, social change that will bring financial security, equitable access to health care and freedom from discrimination. CARP seeks to ensure that the marketplace serves the needs and expectations of our generation and provides value-added benefits, products and services to our members. Through our network of chapters across Canada, CARP is dedicated to building a sense of community and shared values among our members in support of CARP’s mission.
For further information, please contact:
Pam Maher 416.607.2475
Michael Nicin 416.607.2479
Director of Policy
Sarah Park 416.607.2471
Policy Researcher and Coordinator
Vice President, Advocacy
CARP, A New Vision of Aging for Canada
or visit our website: www.carp.ca