Mark Warawa

Seniors ‘overlooked’ during throne speech, says Warawa

Langley-Aldergrove MP and critic for seniors responds to Friday’s address

The new federal government’s brief speech from the throne should have mentioned seniors, Langley-Aldergrove Conservative MP Mark Warawa said.

Warawa, the Official Opposition critic for seniors, said there was no reference to older Canadians in the 15-minute address prepared by the new Liberal government and read by Governor General David Johnston to open the new session of Parliament on Friday (Dec. 4).

“I am very disappointed that the government’s speech did not once mention seniors,” Warawa said in a written statement.

“The Prime Minister made many promises to Canadian seniors, but he has not appointed a minister for seniors and does not have a plan to keep  those promises.”

“Right now one in six Canadians is a senior. In 14 years, one in four Canadians will be a senior. Canada needs a sustainable plan for seniors that will meet their needs.

“I call on the government to present a clear plan for supporting Canadian seniors.”

The Liberal government speech from the throne is considered to be one of the shortest ever at less than 2,000 words.

By comparison the last speech from the throne by the previous Conservative government, in 2013, was more than 7,000 words.

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