In March 2018, Ghazy Mujahid of Mississauga, Ontario, initiated a petition to call upon the Government of Canada to appoint a minister of seniors, or a special advisor to the Prime Minister on seniors, to ensure a coordinated approach towards safeguarding the interests of seniors and improving their quality of life. The petition is sponsored by Liberal MP Igra Khalid (Mississauga—Erin Mills), and is open for signature until July 4, 2018, at 4:22 p.m. (EDT).
Earlier today, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) shared the following opportunity for action:
It has been clear for years that Canada’s population is aging. At several points in the past three decades, the ruling federal government of the day has recognized the importance of representing Canadian seniors at the cabinet table. In the mid-1980s, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney appointed veteran politician George Hees to be minister of state for seniors, a role that Monique Vézina took over in 1988 and held until 1993. Following that, seniors weren’t represented in the federal cabinet until 2011, when Alice Wong was appointed minister of state for seniors by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Notably, the Liberal government elected in 2015 did not name someone to represent seniors.
With the number of Canadian seniors now surpassing the number of children younger than 15 years of age for the first time in recorded history, and with seniors projected to constitute one-quarter of the Canadian population by 2036, the time to change that pattern is now. That’s the thinking behind a petition initiated by Ghazy Mujahid of Mississauga, Ontario, that calls on the federal government to appoint a seniors minister or a special advisor to the prime minister on seniors.
If you believe Canada needs a minister for seniors, sign Mr. Mujahid’s petition here. It is open for signature until July 4.
Dementia Justice thanks the CMA for bringing this matter to our attention.