February advocacy update

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Here are some highlights of what CARP has been up to this month:

  • “Fix Health Care Now” – CARP Campaign Calls On Politicians to Revamp Broken System: Everything Zoomer features our new advocacy campaign ‘Fix Health Care Now’, helping us launch as loudly as possible.
  • CARP presented it’s Federal Budget Submission in Ottawa. Jana Ray, CARP’s Chief Membership and Benefits Officer presented to The House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance in Ottawa on Tuesday, February 4th regarding CARP’s Pre-Budget Submission in advance of the 2020 Budget.
  • Bill VanGorder (CARP Board of Directors and CARP Nova Scotia) met with Minister of Seniors, Deb Schulte in Wolfville, NS.

    Bill says the Minister spoke about several key points, including:

    • Providing $268 million to Nova Scotia over the next 10 years to fund home care, caregiver benefits and mental health initiatives
    • Pension protection in the workplace if a company goes bankrupt (but she did not say “super priority”)
    • The need to combat social isolation and promised to look into more money for rural transportation and internet accessibility in rural areas

Bill also spoke to her privately and emphasized the need for a National Pharmacare Program and a National Seniors Strategy. He reports that she was ”non-committal”

Bill also reported that “although she does not seem to have much background or experience working with seniors, I found the Minister to be outgoing, a good listener and she seemed interested in senior’s issues. She appears to be a good politician.  As for progress on seniors’ issues, time will tell.”