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Seniors Form Coalition to Get Election Issues Heard

February 18, 2016 1:30 PM | News

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WINNIPEG — A coalition has been created by Manitoba seniors to ensure the next provincial government listens to issues facing older adults.

The Seniors Vote 2016 coalition is a group of five seniors’ organizations, aiming to raise awareness of six main issues:

  • Retirement income security
  • Affordable housing
  • Health care
  • Transportation
  • Social engagement and participation
  • Healthy aging, quality of life

The coalition, representing about 30,000 older adults, consists of the Retired Teachers Association of Manitoba, Manitoba Association of Seniors Centres, Active Living Coalition for Older Adults (MB), Transportation Options Network for Seniors, and the Canadian Association for Retired Persons (CARP) – West Winnipeg.

“We have helped build this province and this country. With Seniors Vote 2016, we intend to continue that work by talking directly to both voters and politicians,” said Marvin Krawec, president of the Retired Teachers Association of Manitoba.

Questions have been posed to all three main political leaders and their answers will be shared with members.

The coalition is using the hashtag #seniorsvote2016 to draw attention to the campaign on social media.

Voters head to the polls on April 19.