Tragedy at L’Isle-Verte—Protection of SeniorsPublished on 6 February 2014 Hansard and Statements by Senator Marie-P. Charette-Poulin (retired)
Hon. Marie-P. Charette-Poulin:
My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. On January 23, Canadians awoke to the tragic news of a terrible fire at the Résidence du Havre in L’Isle-Verte. The community’s loss is our loss. Twenty- eight people are confirmed dead, and four are still missing.
This tragedy sounded the alarm, but it wasn’t the first of its kind. In the past five years, seven fatal fires have occurred in seniors’ residences in Canada. Over the next two decades, the number of seniors in Canada will double. People keep talking about problems, crises and burdens for the country instead of opportunities and urgency. This is a golden opportunity for the federal government to show leadership in collaboration with the provinces and territories.
Can the Leader of the Government in the Senate tell us about the government’s action plan or strategy to deal with this issue? What steps does the federal government plan to take to prepare for this major demographic change?
How is the government fulfilling its responsibility to older Canadians, who, individually and as a group, have made a tremendous contribution to every sector of Canadian society?