“[Seniors] certainly deserve our respect for building Canada into the country it is today. I believe that every Canadian, no matter what their social or economic status, should be able to retire in dignity. I think that is a sacred obligation that we have as members of Parliament in the House, and we have the privileges and rights in the House to make sure that we fulfill that obligation.”
–Alistair MacGregor, House Debate
In response to a report tabled in Parliament titled, Advancing Inclusion and Quality of Life Among Seniors, by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA), Alistair joined his NDP colleagues in a successful appeal to the Liberals to create a full federal Department for Seniors, led by a Minister for Seniors, to oversee a national strategy that ensures adequate income and strengthens services.
Additionally, I have written to the Minister of Health about the need for the federal government to ensure that all Canadians have access to high-quality home-based and hospice palliative end-of-life care, and encourage Canadians to discuss and plan for end-of-life care.
In 2016, I tabled Motion M-63 which called on the federal government to take a leadership role in establishing a United Nations Convention on the Rights of Older People. I also supported my NDP colleagues’ private members bills focusing on seniors issues. Specifically, Motion M-21 (National Strategy on Aging); Motion M-2 (Passport Price for Seniors), and Bill C-353 (Canada Pension Plan Payments).
In 2017, I was proud to support NDP MP Scott Duvall’s Private Members’ Bill C-384 to protect the pensions workers and retirees have earned by ending pension theft in Canada. As part of the “End Pension Theft” campaign, Alistair co-hosted a town hall in Ladysmith with my former colleague, MP Shelia Malcolmson.
I encourage you to join the growing number of Canadians who are supporting the New Democrat’s call to end pension theft.
Throughout my first term, I have been a voice for seniors in my riding, writing letters to the Minister of Finance on unfair loopholes in CPP disability legislation, the CPP retroactivity cap, and the taxation of CPP death benefits. I look forward to continuing to be a champion for all of Cowichan-Malahat-Langford’s seniors.
If you are having trouble or are seeking additional information related to all federal government agencies and programs related to seniors’ issues, such as Canada Pension Plan, or GIS and OAS, I encourage you to contact his office for support.
In May, I asked the Prime Minster to protect our wild Pacific salmon and coastal communities. See the exchange here:
Protecting our wild Pacific salmon has been a top priority for me and the NDP. I have risen in the House of Commons countless times to ask the Liberal government to do more to protect our wild Pacific salmon by increasing habitat protection, providing funding for infrastructure adaption projects, and moving open-net fish farms from wild salmon migration routes to land-based closed-containment ones.
I know that our local wild salmon depend on the health of the Cowichan River. That is why I have been asking for the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans to commit to provide federal funding to raise the Lake Cowichan Weir.
I have also been calling on the Liberal Government to restore the protections the previous Conservative government gutted during their decade of mismanagement.
Last summer, I welcomed NDP MP Fin Donnelly to a town hall to discuss moving open-net fish farms from wild salmon migration routes to land-based closed-containment ones.
The health of our wild Pacific salmon and the health of our environment are extremely important to me. In the face of climate change it is now more important than ever that we do everything we can to protect our salmon for future generations.
Please be assured that I will continue to stand up for our wild Pacific salmon.
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