Seniors- largest voting block in Canada.

@Pose123 (21667)
Canada
September 6, 2008 8:50pm CST
Canadians are expected to be going to the polls on Oct.14, to elect a new federal government, and it seems that the two major parties have forgotten about, not only the largest voting block in Canada, but also those that are most likely to get out and mark their x - Seniors. Many seniors here are living below the poverty line, and some have to choose between food and heat during the winter months. Just a few weeks ago I wrote the Prime minister asking what his government was prepared to do to help alleviate the problem. I received a reply from someone in the department responsible, with absolutely no mention that the situation was even going to be looked into. I was appalled by the lack of concern, and intend to approach the Liberal party with the same concerns. The idea would be to get seniors to vote as a block for the party that comes up with the best deal. If the New Democratic party, who have always supported Seniors, is the only party that pays any attention than I believe we should support them, and see how fast the others wake up next time around. I am not expecting much from the Convervaties, but they may surprise me. Anyone who is 60 or over will be ready or Old Age Sercurity by the time the next election is called, so now is the time to make a move. I am ask all Canadian Seniors on myLot to join me in this. Any suggestions would be helpful and everyone should bring it up with their local candatites, as well as write letters to the Editor of all Newspapers in their area. Remember, even if you are fortunate enough to have another retirement pension, support those of your own age group who are not as lucky. Blessings.
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• United States
7 Sep 08
It appears that the Democratic party here in the United States and there in Canada is the party of concern and compassion when it comes to our seniors. Just a few years ago, George Bush and the Republican Party wanted to turn Social Securtiy over to Wall Street and base it on the stock market. This was nothing less than an attempt to put more money into the hands of the Wall Street brokers. I'm so glad that the Democratic Party fought this to the end. Could you imagine telling someone that all they've worked for is gone because the stock market crashed? It was just another stupid idea aimed at pleasing the wealthiest of Americans and the Brokerage houses. I hope the Seniors come out in full force and support the Canadian Democratic Party. Lloyd
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
7 Sep 08
and social security ISNT crashing?
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@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
7 Sep 08
And no, it's not the same party nessesarily. Take the absolute extreme left of the dems and add the green party and you have the Canadian NDP. Their equivelent to the mainstream democrats would be the "Liberal" party.
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
7 Sep 08
And I would much sooner trust my own investing than the federal governments.
@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
8 Sep 08
I agree completely! As a Senior of 75 years I will be voting NDP as I have done for many years. I believe Harper(with a majority Government)would be trying swing the country back into the Abortion debate once again. We as Canadians have already put this debate behind us and I see no need for change here. He is also against Gay Marriage and I believe this debate is also settled. Harper is for the military but not for seniors. I really don't trust the man!
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
8 Sep 08
Hi barehugs, Thank you for responding. We agree on everything you say here, I don't trust Harper at all and a majority Conservative government would be very bad for seniors. I think we need an ABC campaign right across the country, support the candidate who has the best chance of defeating the Conservative. I am waiting to hear from the Liberal party, they have a better record of helping seniors, but certainly the NDP is far ahead of them. While I usually vote NDP, I want to see which candidate has the best chance of defeating the Reform- Alliance-Conservative MP in my riding. Blessings.
• Canada
7 Sep 08
I am not a senior, but I AM going to vote!! My husband is an American, and they are also going to have a big federal election this year. Funny how Canadian federal elections are so much quieter than Americans...and isn't this our THIRD no-confidence vote in a row? Wow!! LOL My husband is American, and he's going to vote in his election, I'm Canadian and I'm going to vote in mine. it is nice to have a vote in each election secured between us.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
7 Sep 08
Hi danishcanadian, Good for you, I think that everyone should vote. There are many young people who just don't bother anymore and it's really too bad. Blessings.
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
7 Sep 08
ANOTHER NC vote?? eep Guess it's a pitfall of the parlimentary system. And not that it's any of my business, but people outside my country seem to take grat liberty in telling me how to vote so now I'm going to start doing it, NOT THE NDP....Vote reform, vote the refederation party, even....*gulp, choke* bring back Paul martin, but NOT the NDP. These are the SAME type of people that have our congress in INEXCUSABLE shape. you DO not want these people.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
7 Sep 08
Hi xfahctor, Thank you for responding. My objective here is to get a voice for seniors and I'm certainly not seeing it in the Conservative-Reform party. I have seen some great Parliamentarians come out of the NDP so I have no problems voting for them, also they have always supported seniors in the past. I do not think that they will win the election however, but seniors could see to it that they hold the balance of power in a Liberal minority government. Maybe the Liberals themselves will announce something for seniors, but even if someone is voting Conservative, it can't hurt to talk to the Candidate. Blessings.