February 5, 2019

The Senior Liberals’ Commission is made up of volunteers from coast to coast to coast whose aim is to assist the Liberal Party of Canada in understanding the interest and needs of Canadian Seniors, past & present. Moreover, the board of the SLC encourages older Canadians and Registered Liberals alike to participate in the political affairs of our country, and affords them a platform for mobilization and representation.

According to Statistics Canada*, the number of seniors (aged 65 or older) living in Canada has increased steadily over the past 45 years. From 1971 to 2011, the proportion of seniors in the population grew from 8% to 14%, reaching 5 million. Demographic projections show the proportion of seniors is expected to increase significantly until 2031 and could represent between 23% and 25% of Canada’s total population by 2036.

The Liberal Party of Canada (LPC) demonstrated a commitment to the well-being of seniors by establishing the Senior Liberals’ Commission (SLC) in 2003. As one of four commissions recognized within the LPC, the SLC is a constituent body composed of provincial and territorial Sections, each of which serve as the Commission’s principal representative for development of close working relationships with LPC’s provincial and territorial boards and the federal electoral district associations (EDAs) within them.

The SLC and its Sections are dedicated to encouraging greater participation of senior Canadians in the political affairs of our country by providing a forum for engagement and representation. This includes gaining a more informed understanding of issues of concern to senior citizens in Canada from a national perspective, by regularly seeking input from senior Registered Liberals – through our representatives on EDA boards and active SLC Clubs – and endeavouring to communicate the need for improvement through the LPC’s policy development process. We also encourage our members to volunteer with their respective EDAs, assist candidates with election campaign activities, participate as advocates for senior services in their communities, and – last but not least – contribute to the LPC in any way possible.

A great way to engage with seniors in your riding is by becoming a member of a Senior Liberals’ Commission Club. If Club does not exist in your riding and you are interested in forming one, contact us by email and we’ll help you get started.

Doug Brydges, Co-chair, Anglophone | Roger Légaré, Co-chair, Francophone

* Source: Statistics Canada