The National Pensioners Federation held their 74th annual convention in Regina, Sept . 25 – 27 at the DoubleTree hotel. The theme of the convention was “Recognizing Older Citizens in Kanata” (ROCK). The gathering of over 80 seniors from across Canada was to debate and pass resolutions dealing with seniors’ issues, set priorities for the upcoming federal election and to elect an executive. In addition, the seniors held a rally at the legislature on the 28th.
The seniors voted unanimously to endorse Pharmacare as a universal program for all Canadians, change legislation to ensure pension security, urge governments to end the privatization of health services, and to develop a National Seniors Strategy – housing. These will be the pillars of advocacy for NPF in the period preceding the next federal election.
Approximately 300 delegates and seniors attended along with key speakers – Chief Shirley Wolfe (indigenous), Barb Byers (seniors and labour|), Carla Beck (NDP), and Pat Trask, SSAI president.
Herb John (International Day of the Older Person – chair) spoke about IDOP and the need for all Canadians to recognize Oct. 1 as part of the UN Declaration of this special day.
The new executive includes Trish MCauliffe – president (Ontario), Mike Kaminski – 1st VP (Saskatchewan), Bernie LaRusic – 2nd VP (Nova Scotia), Pat Brady – 3rd VP (BC), Past President – Herb John (Ontario) and Carol Rogers – Secretary (Nova Scotia); Mary Forbes – Treasurer (Ontario) and Kathleen Jamieson – Member-at-large (BC). Next year’s convention is tentatively planned for Ottawa, Ontario.
IDOP FLAG PRESENTATION
PAT TRASK WITH HERB JOHN AND TRISH MCAULIFFE
Min Greg Ottenbreit
NDP Carla Beck