Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As I pass my one-year anniversary as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, I am tremendously proud of an initiative that I will soon bring before the House. This initiative honours some our most treasured citizens, Alberta seniors. I began working on this initiative, which you will come to know as Motion 514, soon after I was elected. The motion asks the House to support the development of a seniors’ charter. What is the intention of this charter? Well, it will provide the following guarantees for our seniors: the highest level of dignity, respect, and treatment; access to safe, affordable seniors’ housing; providing seniors with a healthy environment; access to programs to help them remain physically active and participate in their communities; and access to high-quality mental health programs.
Mr. Speaker, it is my view and the view of the PC caucus that we cannot do enough for the seniors who have helped build our communities and made Alberta the proud province it is today. Our former government created a broad foundation of supports for seniors, and we are proud of that base. I am championing the concept of a seniors’ charter now to ensure that these programs and services are always available to them. While my motion proposes that the Legislative Assembly adopt the concept and provide the guidelines I outlined above, I also propose that we leave the development of the charter in the very capable hands of the Seniors Advisory Council for Alberta.
I am hoping that each member of this Assembly will find the concept of a seniors’ charter as inspiring as I do. I look forward to speaking in more detail on this motion in the coming weeks, but for now I urge all members to take a few moments to consider the value of this proposal. When reflecting on the creation of a seniors’ charter, please think about the seniors you know – your parents, your neighbours, your friends – and the expectations you have for them from Alberta’s government and what it would mean for them to have these kinds of guarantees from their province as they age.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker
On November 16, 2015, Mike Ellis proposed an Alberta Seniors' Charter:
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