Five major associations of seniors in Quebec to refrain from the balance sheet of the government of Philippe Couillard, but they combine rather to require that political parties as they take up position for the elderly in view of the upcoming elections.
“We don’t want to make an assessment of the last few years,” said the president of the Association québécoise des retraités des secteurs public et parapublic (AQRP), Donald Tremblay.
If they qualify for “historic” launch of a common platform of demands on the eve of an election campaign, the five associations explain wanting to equip their members for the ballot rather than take a position in favour of a party.
Mr. Tremblay has agreed, however, that the liberals have to date processed “in the room”, “crisis after crisis”, instead of launching a comprehensive plan for the seniors of Quebec. The FADOQ, like many other groups, have been demanding for a long time the states general on the aging of the population and the increase in the number of seniors in Quebec.
At a press conference on Monday, representatives of the FADOQ and other organizations have one voice that challenged the political parties to make concrete commitments to defend the older people, especially those in a vulnerable situation.
In their platform called “For a Quebec that is worthy of its seniors,” the associations are launching 16 claims, grouped under five pillars : home care and in NURSING homes, family caregivers, prevention, retirement income and housing.
They rely on their “power of influence is huge” to voice their demands to the decision makers. “It sends a clear signal. We want to say that it is there,” said the president of the Association québécoise de défense des droits des personnes retraitées et préretraitées, Judith Gagnon.
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