Health questions to ask your Liberal candidates in British Columbia – Seniors want to know.


UPDATE Ask Your Candidate

Will you get candidates on the record to demand action on health care?

September 20 is Election Day in Canada with advance polling starting on September 10.

As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen the importance of universal health care as a public good for all regardless of income, age, immigration status, or where we live. Unfortunately, our public health care system does not meet everyone’s needs. This is the result of years of underfunding and attack from private interests. We need a federal government who will commit to improving and defending the public health care system we all rely on.


Please click here to find information about some of the most important issues in health care this election, including a list of questions you can ask candidates.


All Candidates Meeting on Seniors’ Issues

Join us and our partners on September 13th at 7PM for a virtual town hall meeting with federal candidates from the ridings of Vancouver Granville and Vancouver South. This event is jointly hosted by Jewish Seniors Alliance, Marpole Oakridge Family Place, South Vancouver Seniors Network, South Granville Seniors Centre, COSCO BC, and BC Health Coalition. Register here

BC Government Paid Sick Leave Survey

With the BC Government’s commitment to introduce a provincial paid sick leave program and federal election promises of implementing similar federal programs, what happens in BC could form the blueprint of a paid sick benefit for all Canadians. We strongly encourage all workers to participate in BC Government’s Paid Sick Leave Survey by September 14th.

OPINION All parties in this pandemic election should agree on one big issue – national pharmacare

“For many Canadians, these costs are such a burden that they avoid taking the medicines they need. A poll from the Angus Reid Institute last October found that one in four Canadian households struggles financially to fill prescriptions. The problem is more acute among women, racialized Canadians, Indigenous people and young people”.

Read this op-ed by Beatrice Bruske, Doug Roth and Linda Silas.


    • Speak up for migrant rights this election! Migrants in BC and nationally face multiple barriers in accessing the public health care system. During the pandemic, they have been unable to access vaccines and COVID treatment. Let’s call for all the parties in this election to promise that all migrants must have access to universal healthcare immediately, regardless of immigration status. Read more HERE.
    • Make Revera Public MP Challenge. This non-partisan campaign urges all political leaders, and especially incumbent federal MPs and candidates, to join the growing movement to “Make Revera Public”, and to support the phasing out of all for-profit long-term care. Read more HERE.
    • Long-term care improvements would cost $13.7 billion, PBO says. PBO report says a range of potential reforms would compel governments to double spending. Read more HERE.
    • Toxic drug crisis, pandemic have left front-line workers struggling to cope. “The ripple of death is grim, and it will take decades for people impacted by this loss to heal. We are abandoned by all levels of government, who point fingers at one another, and we are burning out”. Read more HERE.
    • Telus Health ignored Alberta’s privacy laws when it launched Babylon app, reports reveal. Privacy commissioner says company still not complying with recommendations. Read more HERE.
    • Telemedicine needs to be integrated into cardiology training, experts recommend. A Canadian survey found that a significant proportion of cardiology trainees are uncomfortable with using telemedicine and feel that better preparation for new-tech medicine is needed. Read more HERE.


Election 2021 – Another Win for Liberal Grassroots Policy

Élection 2021 – Une autre victoire pour les politiques libérales de la base

Mothers Day Greetings: Grandmothers contribute to our Economy by Child-Minding.

This post is a contribution/idea from our President Judith Higginbotham:

Since today is Mothers Day I’d like to point out how valuable our grandmothers are in today’s society and especially in our economy.  What would many young families do without the child-minding assistance of grandmothers?  Many women would be forced to stay home, rendering the family short one income.  We know that grandfathers also provide the benefit of childcare to working families, but it usually falls to the female grandparent to do the intensive care.  Even if professional daycare is available in the neighbourhoods where working families live, it is sometimes prohibitively expensive.  That expense drives the parents to look for less expensive, less professional daycare and that is always a worry regarding quality and security.  And that brings the grandmother into the scene – more and more often these days.  Usually the grandmother is happy with the sort of arrangement, but with seniors being involved in so many activities in 2021 from sports to mature learning courses, we hope that the families can reach a compromise where everyone is satisfied: – the children, the grandmother/grandparents and the mother and father who work so hard to contribute to their families and thus to our national economy.

So, cheers to Mothers today – but also those important Grandmothers!

by Judith E. Higginbotham, Chair: B.C. Section, Senior Liberals Commission.




From Carla Morgan comes this inspiring story…


I want to tell all of you about an initiative my mother (92) just told me about this morning.

For 10 years, my mother lived in a Rotary run seniors’ residence in Montreal – The Manoir Westmount. She loved it, was very engaged, successfully started various initiatives including 1. changing the dress code, 2. starting a looseleaf type book to include each new resident as they arrived and then alternate binders with those who left and 3. Running a current events club that met regularly.

Now, the Manoir Westmount has one rule my mother was not able to change. To be a resident you must be able to walk to the dining room. You can use a cane or walker but no wheelchairs or wheel chair equivalents.

My mother’s two major accidents – a fall from a horse and a skiing accident- caught up with her. At age 89, walking became a torture to her. So, she looked around, found a residence in the Laurentians, closer to her extended family and had the good fortune to be settled in there before COVID struck.

She has kept in touch with her friends from the Manoir through FaceTime.

Today, she told me that the Director of activities at The Manoir had contacted her to ask if she would once again lead the Current Events group but this time via Zoom. Sessions haven’t started yet, but are in the works!

This is an inspiring story in my view, which is why I’m sharing it.


(Thank-you to Carla Morgan for this terrific story)

We need more Senior Registered Liberals and more Seniors’ Reps.

Below are some thoughts to consider regarding the recruitment of more SRLs and appointing more Seniors’ Reps in Ridings:

Agreement has been reached with LPC on quarterly e-blasts, the dates to be set well in advance. There are some guidelines to be considered:

What are topics worthy of SLC outreach to all SRLs? Possibly they will be primarily on policy, but also on EDA Senior Reps and volunteering, given some possibility of an election this year.

Here are some possibilities that we could consider:

– a strong push to have more Senior Reps, and what is our method of messaging?

– communication on continuing engagement and our interest in Section SRLs skills inventories for ongoing policy engagement – itemize maybe with Excel a spreadsheet of skills inventories for ongoing policy engagement with emails and phone numbers embedded in spreadsheet for easy access which includes an email form letter.

– the first policy survey in years is in the works and there is talk of SurveyMonkey being made available to us again.

– a strong push for SRL election volunteering – again a spreadsheet could be used for this for speedy contacts. For some who have computer-based phones all you do is list everyone’s phone number in the Excel sheet and press on the highlighted phone number and it takes you right out to the phone call.  An amazing tool, Excel.

Please consider the above thoughts for discussion with your EDA or Club.

News and Updates from the Senior Liberals Commission


Here are all 30 resolutions of those that were voted on that will now proceed to the Convention voting + those that were fast tracked (these are the ones that took 1st place in the first round of voting Fall 2020).
Here are all 30 resolutions of those that were voted on that will now proceed to the Convention voting + those that were fast tracked (these are the ones that took 1st place in the first round of voting Fall 2020).


Additionally, here is the Election slate – many were acclaimed…