Premiers Discuss Infrastructure Needs of an Aging Population

Premiers urge Ottawa to do more on infrastructure, seniors’ health

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Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, left to right, New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant, British Columbia Premier Christy Clark and Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski take part in Canada’s premiers meeting in Ottawa on Friday, January 30, 2015.

OTTAWA – The country’s premiers presented a united front on everything from infrastructure and seniors’ health care to the need to protect Canadians from terrorism as they held their winter gathering on Friday…

One of those accomplishments is a consensus on the need for a national strategy on seniors’ health care. Both the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Nurses Association had urged the premiers to address the issue and they did.

“There are many different avenues where an aging population is affecting us in terms of our economic ability, but also in terms of cost,” Robert Ghiz, Premier, PEI said…Read full article.

CMA echoes premiers’ call on Ottawa to collaborate on seniors

Dr. Chris Simpson, President, CMA joined a panel discussion on developing a National Dementia Strategy at the 2014 BCCPA Annual Conference
Dr. Chris Simpson, President, CMA joined a panel discussion on developing a National Dementia Strategy at the 2014 BCCPA Annual Conference

OTTAWA, Jan. 30, 2015 /CNW/ – Canada’s premiers were right to call on the federal government today to collaborate in meeting the needs of an aging population, Dr. Chris Simpson, president of the Canadian Medical Association, says.

“Canada’s premiers understand firsthand the consequences of declining federal transfers coupled with a doubling of the seniors population over the next 15 years,” Dr. Simpson said in commenting on a special meeting of the Council of the Federation in Ottawa.

Changes in the Canada Health Transfer will mean the provinces and territories will face a $36-billion shortfall over the next decade.

Meanwhile, the CMA is seeking from all federal parties as they prepare for the election:

  • Inclusion of a national seniors strategy in their election platforms.
  • Commitment from the election victor to call a First Ministers conference within six months of being elected while engaging with key stakeholders.
  • Ultimately, a national seniors strategy in place by October 2019.

 “We echo the sentiment of the chair of the Council of the Federation and Premier of PEI, Robert Ghiz, who suggested that any federal politician would be unwise to ignore the needs of seniors and their families,” Dr Simpson added…Read more.