The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State (Seniors), addressed members of the National Pensioners’ and Senior Citizens’ Federation at their annual convention. She spoke about how much seniors will contribute to building Canada’s future and the importance of continuing dialogue between government and organizations as Canada’s population ages.
“We are entering into a period of unprecedented demographic change,” said Minister of State Ablonczy. “The exchange of ideas and best practices with networks like the National Pensioners’ and Senior Citizens’ Federation will be more important than ever as we work to shape new strategies to deal with the challenges and opportunities of our aging population.”
“Seniors must be recognized as an asset to society, not a burden,” said Mr.Art Kube, President, National Pensioners’ and Senior Citizens’ Federation. “We must plan with seniors, not just for seniors.”
“I would like to wish Art Kube well as he leaves his post as President of the National Pensioners’ and Senior Citizens’ Federation,” added Minister of State Ablonczy. “Mr.Kube’s many years of service is testimony to the convention’s theme this year that ‘seniors are an asset, not a burden, to society’.”
Minister of State Ablonczy also spoke to members of the Federation about the federal government’s commitment to supporting financial security among older Canadians and encouraging them to remain healthy, active and socially engaged. The Minister of State highlighted several federal programs and initiatives that help older Canadians maintain a good quality of life, enjoy a secure sense of well-being and enhance their financial security.