NDP promises more support for seniors

ROBERTVILLE – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy promised an NDP government would do more to help seniors make their golden years better.

Cardy made the announcement in front of a crowd at the Club De L’Age D’Or in Robertville in the presence of Yvon Godin, MP for Acadie-Bathurst and Ray Godin, NB NDP candidate for Restigouche-Chaleur.

“Our province should be judged on the way we treat our elders,” Cardy said. “An NDP government will go further to make sure our seniors get the respect and protection they deserve.”

A new NDP government will:

  • Enhance the Senior Citizens Assistance Program, providing funds to seniors who wish to stay in their homes yet lack the means to make necessary repairs; this will cost $4.7 million per year; and
  • Support the Home First Strategy to help seniors live independently for as long as possible. This will have no new financial consequences for the province; and
  • Reform healthcare to focus on primary care and home-based services to keep seniors out of hospitals and in their homes. Any cost will be reflected as part of our healthcare plan.

“The wisdom and experience that our seniors have to offer should be treasured,” Cardy said. “Our seniors still have a lot to offer and because of that we will promote more opportunities for them to be involved in community-based programs through schools and businesses.”

“We have to thank our seniors for building this province we love,” Cardy said. “The best way we can do this is by giving them the respect and security they deserve. We will do this because New Brunswick deserves better.”