NEW DEMOCRATS HONOURS NATIONAL SENIORS DAY

OTTAWA - Today, Canada celebrates National Senior's Day. It is a day to recognize how important seniors are to the fabric of Canada. A day to recognize the work they do in their homes, in their communities and in business.

"Seniors across this country are an invaluable asset to our future," said Irene Mathyssen, Critic for Seniors. "They built the past and continue to shape the future of Canada". National Seniors Day was designated last year and coincides with the International Day of the Older Person, a global initiative to recognize the contributions that senior citizens make. This UN initiative calls on governments to do more to address the needs of older persons.

"The percentage of seniors will increase considerably in Canada in the upcoming years. What awaits them? Together, let's make sure that seniors have the place they deserve in our society," appeals Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe, Deputy Critic for Seniors.

Mathyssen and Blanchette-Lamothe have been meeting with Seniors organizations over the summer and found there is a desperate lack of funding for programs and found there is a desperate lack of funding for programs and a very real and legitimate fear that Canada is not prepared for the rapidly rising seniors population.

"Clearly there is more work that the federal government can do to improve the lives of seniors," said Mathyssen. "I cannot think of a better way to recognize the contributions of our seniors to Canada then giving them the opportunity to retire with dignity, the dignity to remain in their homes, their community, with their friends and family."