Today, PC Critic for Seniors Cliff Graydon condemned the NDP for refusing to support a private member’s bill that would have addressed elder abuse in a meaningful way and established a bill of rights for seniors.
“We know – from the government’s own data – the proportion of Manitoba’s population aged 65 and over is growing, and with it the incidence of elder abuse will increase. That’s the unfortunate reality,” said Graydon. “Victims are telling me they’re too frightened to come forward and staff are afraid of repercussions. We need to do something about this now.”
The Seniors’ Rights and Elder Abuse Protection Act would have established an elder abuse protection team, imposed a duty to report, strengthened whistleblower provisions and permitted information sharing amongst relevant authorities.
The proportion of Manitoba’s population aged 65 and over will reach 20 per cent by 2026, according to the University of Manitoba’s Centre on Aging.
The proposal to better protect Manitoba seniors was defeated by the NDP at the Second Reading stage.