Care To Chat – Sept. 22nd, 2015 – Elim Village

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Canada Cares: Putting Seniors on the National Agenda

The BC Care Providers Association is pleased to kick off season three of Care to Chat with a special edition debate featuring a number of high-profile candidates running in the 2015 federal election. Over 300 tickets have been sold and we have closed registration!

With Canadians heading to the voting booths on October 19th for the federal election, candidates of all political stripes are touring communities across the country seeking support for their party’s vision for the future.

Among the most pressing of issues is the topic of seniors care and whether or not we are prepared as a nation to deal with Canada’s rapidly aging population. In 2012, nearly one in seven Canadians was a senior; by 2030, that number will leap to nearly one in four. While this unprecedented change in our demographics presents new opportunities for Canadian society, it also presents challenges for policy makers and our elected officials in Ottawa.

Join us on Tuesday, September 22nd as we hear directly from representatives of Canada’s four major political parties who tackle this topic in a discussion titled, “Canada Cares: Putting Seniors Care on the National Agenda”.  Tickets are only $25 for BCCPA members and $75 for non-members. Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

Our special guest media panelist will be veteran Vancouver Sun journalist Jeff Lee and Paul Johnson from Global National.


Jeff Lee, Vancouver Sun



Paul Johnson, Global National


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Debate and Discussion Topics:

  • National Dementia Strategy
  • End-of-life care
  • Access and quality care
  • Infrastructure and health human resources
  • Temporary foreign worker program
  • Research and innovation
  • Public health and promotion
  • Role of caregivers
  • New funding approaches such as long term care insurance
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Elder abuse and social isolation

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The Federal Candidates:

The BCCPA has confirmed several high-profile candidates from the Conservative Party of Canada, Liberal Party of Canada, New Democratic Party of Canada, and the Green Party of Canada to participate in this special election edition of Care to Chat. These representatives include Ken Hardie, (Liberal), Dianne Watts (Conservative), Claire Martin, (Green) and Pixie Hobbie (NDP).


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Date: Tuesday, September 22nd

Location: The Oasis at Elim Village, 9008 – 158 Street, Surrey, BC V4N 5G4

*Access is off 90th Avenue.

Morning Reception: 9:00am-10:00am

Moderated Live Debate: 10:00am-11:30am

Parking: Free parking is available onsite

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Registration Now Closed

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Quotes from the Minister of State (Seniors) & the Leaders:

“The population of Canada is in midst of a fundamental shift… The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring a high quality of life for seniors.”

          – Hon. Alice Wong, P.C., M.P., Minister of State (Seniors)

“Knowing the demographic challenges we’re facing, we need to take a hard look at new models of care.”

          –Justin Trudeau, M.P, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada

“The number one cause of dependency and disability in seniors is dementia. Our health care system needs to focus resources on the increase in the diseases of aging, particularly dementia and Alzheimer’s.”

          – Elizabeth May,M.P, Leader of the Green Party of Canada

“It’s time to work with the provinces to expand long-term and home care services, and to launch a neurological health strategy. Together, we can keep reduce the reliance on costly hospital beds and keep seniors living closer to home—where they belong.”

           -NDP Platform