CARP in Edmonton
Susan Eng was in Edmonton on May 1st and 2nd for a series of events and meetings, including meetings with the government. Edmonton Chapter Chair Bernice Rempel, and Calgary Chapter Advisor Louise Yarrow, also attended the meeting with Alberta Minister of Finance, Hon. Doug Horner, to express CARP’s concerns regarding the Alberta governments proposed changes to the province’s public pension plans. CARP urged the Minister to consider how the changes will water down the current defined benefits plans. The Minister invited CARP to take part in the recently announced public consultation process regarding a potential contribution cap.
CARP also met with Alberta’s Associate Minister of Seniors, Hon. Dave Quest. Joined by CARP’s Calgary Chapter representatives Judeth Stevens and Fran Jamison, and Edmonton Chapter Chair Bernice Rempel, CARP raised many questions in responses to the province’s health care, caregiver support, and age-friendly communities initiatives. CARP’s concerns were well received and the Chapters will continue the conversations with the Ministry to ensure CARP’s concerns are prioritized.
Susan Eng also spoke at the annual National Congress on Housing and Homelessness, hosted by the Canadian Housing Renewal Association (CHRA). Susan spoke on a panel with Dr. Louis Francescutti, President of the Canadian Medical Association, and Brock Carlton, CEO of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. In front of hundreds of decision-makers, practitioners, housing providers, policy experts, and advocates from across the country, CARP offered different perspectives on the need for affordable housing in Canada and made suggestions on how to best bring the issues to the attention of politicians and government.
Susan Eng also joined the Edmonton CARP Chapters Annual General Meeting as a guest speaker. Susan engaged with over 90 local members, highlighting CARPs advocacy work and the importance of CARP chapter involvement and support in influencing public discourse, government policies, and law.