Keeping politicians' feet to the fire

Eng said the lobbying work CARP does with issues such as pension reform, mandatory retirement and home care takes time to produce results.

“Advocacy — a lot of people think it’s a good idea,” she said. “Get governments to change policies and then make it happen.

“But, you know it’s a lot easier said than done. You can never go wrong underestimating the political will of politicians. Politicians are elected to serve the people, but they soon forget why they got the job.”

Eng is no stranger to being in the public spotlight. From 1991-95, she was the chairwoman of the Metropolitan Toronto Police Services Board.

Nationally, CARP has about 350,000 members. The Sudbury chapter has a membership of about 800.

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