Senior Liberal Commissions across Canada

The Seniors Liberal Commission (SLC) established an objective of increasing engagement with seniors across the country. This will take different forms in different provinces and territories. Here are two examples:

Ontario

Ontario has the largest number of senior Liberal members in Canada but is the only Province or Territory without a provincial Seniors Liberal Commission (SLC). To effectively advise the Party on issues/needs affecting seniors the NSLC concluded they need to establish an SLC in Ontario (OSLC) so it can be part of providing coordinated broad based advice to the Party. To this end the NSLC contacted the Liberal Party of Canada in Ontario and asked to have a place on the next Convention Agenda in 2014 to hold a founding Ontario SLC meeting. This was agreed and the next step was for the NSLC to appoint someone as the Interim OSLC President. That person is Kathy Brown who can be contacted at brown.bgos@yahoo.ca or at 1-519-261-3990. She is working with the SLC Regional Director for Ontario, Iain Munro (munroi@queensu.ca or at (613)542-0807)

Kathy’s and Iain’s focus over the next several months will two items First, to draft a OSLC Constitution that will be circulated to Ontario Seniors and then voted on at the founding meeting next year. Second, they want to identify members who want to be part of this new organization

Kathy and Iain would like other seniors to help them with these tasks. If you are interested in being part of establishing the Ontario Seniors Liberal Commission please contact wither Kathy or Iain

British Columbia

Despite having a BCSLC Constitution, there was no actual BCSLC Executive operating until early this year. At the LPCBC’s January Convention an annual general meeting of the Seniors Commission was held and an executive elected. The new Executive meet monthly, except in the summer. They meet at the LPCBC offices in Vancouver and the out of town members call in. An early priority of the new Executive was to determine which EDAs had a Seniors Representative and there were only 8 out of 36 EDAs.

The Executive concluded that if they were to play the role that is expected of their Commission in coordination with all the other Provinces and Territories, it needed to connect/engage seniors in EDAs through the Seniors Representatives. Before launching a recruiting campaign for more Seniors Representatives the BCSLC Executive developed an EDA Seniors Representative job description. The key aspects of this description are that it emphasizes two way communications. As a first step, the job description and minutes of the BCSLC meeting minutes were circulated to the Seniors Reps who by now have been increased to 12.In the coming months it is expected that EDA Seniors Reps will be involved in conference calls with the BCSLC executive as wells as submitting items for the agenda of Executive meetings.

BC will increase its seats to 42 as a result of redistribution. BC has the third highest number of senior liberals in Canada. These members are concentrated on lower Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and central Okanagan Valley. The initial focus of increasing the number of Seniors Reps. will focus on these areas. By the beginning of 2014 the BCSLC expects to have a very robust Seniors structure that will be able to make a valuable contribution to the NSLC and the Liberal Party of Canada. Anyone interested in getting involved with the BC Seniors Commission please contact Gail Rochester the BCSLC secretary at wilroc@shaw.ca or at (604)926-6934

2 Responses to “Senior Liberal Commissions across Canada”

  1. John Fryters 29. Nov, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    What is being planned in Saskatchewan ? I became 65 in October. Since July I have been writing a successful column about and for seniors in the Rural Roots, a weekly newspaper. I wrote to the Liberal Party about this as well as to the other parties. Only the Conservative Party responded to my letter.

    Having just re-joined the Liberal Party, I am disappointed.

  2. John Halonen 12. Feb, 2014 at 9:38 am #

    Thanks for the update.
    Finally we appear to have some action on creating a Seniors Commission in Ontario. After joining the the Liberal Party early last year this became a major concern to me and still I have had no explanation as to why it had not happened previously. It felt that Ontario had abandoned Ontario’s Seniors. Why it is taking years to resolve is still a concern but at least efforts are now underway.
    Seniors do vote, and at higher percentages compared to the rest of the population.

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