Greater Victoria Boomers and Seniors,
Let's Squeak Some Wheels!
We have all become very aware that Various Greater Victoria local, British Columbian and Canadian Federal Governments are the type of institution that works on the squeaky wheel principle. That principle, simply stated, is that the "squeakiest wheel gets the grease. "
Applied to most politicians, that means that it will be those areas of life that public officials think will get them the most votes that will get their attention and the rest will get ignored. It’s sad to say that about our representative system of government but it’s true.
As senior citizens, we have some very real needs that must be attended to at every governmental level. The Social Security System, access to assistance, and Medical Care, are obvious issues that we need to see defended. We have seen numerous attempts by ambitious politicians to try to shut down and or "privatize" these programs that are so important to senior citizens. That is why, we as senior citizens need to learn to be the squeaky wheel so they know we are not to be overlooked.
The arrival of the baby boomer generation into the ranks of the senior citizen population is going to help tremendously. This is a huge generation that will swell the ranks of any group they join. They are also a vocal group who are not afraid to take action at a political level to get what they want from the government. Working together with these “new recruits” to the ranks of concerned senior citizens, there are some things we can do to make sure that Big and Small Government listens to our common concerns.
We are not the kind of population that would be prone to stage a “Million Senior Citizens March” on Ottawa, The BC Parliament Buildings or our Municipal Halls to make our voices heard. But we have something powerful going for us that few other organized groups enjoy. We are a large body of the population and we represent a whole lot of votes that can move mountains and political directions.
Moreover, senior citizens as a group vote more often and with greater solidarity than any other segment of the population. That means that Politicians and Government Leaders have to be aware that if an issue is important to senior Canadians, we will turn out to vote and we will vote in unity to get our collective will known and convert that will into public policy (locally, provincially as well as on a national level.
It’s important that we don’t leave the work of making our Leaders listen to somebody else. There are active things we can do to make our voices heard on a regular basis including…
- Writing our Greater Vitoria, Capital Regional District, British Columbian and Federal Representatives and even our Prime Minister to let them know what we want and when we are unhappy.
- Influencing who gets elected through contributions to candidates that represent our views.
- Staying informed on what is going on at all levels of government so that policies, services, and or legislation that might hurt senior citizen causes don’t get passed without notice. And when we notice such legislation is moving though the system, we need to raise hell about it until it dies in committee.
- Working in unity. Senior Citizens Issues should unity us, regardless of your traditional political affiliation, (left, right or center),but when it comes to protecting senior issues, there is just one party and that is the party of senior citizens. Whatever party does well at looking out after the interests of senior citizens should get our support and those who do not need to lose their right to represent us at any level in your town in Greater Victoria, British Columbia or in Ottawa.
These are bold statements and somewhat demanding but that is how the Canadian system of government works. We have an advocate in Canada who has taken on the charge of watching out after our interest. That advocate is CARP (Canadian Association of Retired People) and their voice counts for something when they speak to our representatives. So by being active in CARP and being active in politics, we are protecting ourselves, our friends and neighbors in the senior citizen community and those coming along behind us as well.
In Greater Victoria, there are a number of Senior Citizen support and assistance groups that perform amazing services and assistance to Seniors and the Elderly, we are very fortunate to have these organizations available to us.
Many of these (but not all) are working together in an organization called EFCN or Elder Friendly Community Network many of its members will gladly assist or share information or resources that can and will guide you in the right direction for local services, support and assistance. If you need any assistance of information as to how u can make you voice heard, don't hesitate to contact Peter or Linda Pfann and it will be our pleasure to point you in the right direction.
We must not abandon the fight or decide we are done even when we get some wins at any political level. There are also many issues to fights at the BC Provincial as well as the Greater Victoria local level. Many of the issues that are important to seniors are not strictly senior citizen issues and may warrant much greater cooperation across generational boundaries. We also care a great deal for the welfare of our children and their families. So we as an influential political force can do all we can to protect family issues and the sanctity of the family. This is a high calling and one that needs all of our support. But it’s a noble cause that deserves our attention as well.
Don't forget we all will be Seniors one day........ (even our politicians)
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