Sheehan Moving Forward to deliver better care for Sault and Area Seniors

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Terry Sheehan

Earlier today Justin Trudeau announced that a re-elected Liberal Government would move forward to improve the working conditions of Canada’s frontline care workers and better support Canada’s seniors.

Seniors across Canada suffered devastating effects during this pandemic, specifically those living in long-term facilities. As a country we need to ensure that we do everything we can to not let this happen again.

“Better care for seniors starts with better conditions for our frontline care workers,” said Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. “To ensure these tragedies never happen again and to build a better future for seniors, we need to work together to improve conditions and raise wages for the dedicated personal support workers who help care for them.”

Terry Sheehan Liberal Candidate for Sault and Area asserts “we need to make sure our frontline healthcare workers are paid well for the work they do, we have to invest to train more of them, these people who care for our friends, and relatives have vitally important jobs, I appreciate the work they do, and as a country, we need to demonstrate appreciation for them.”

While recognizing that the management of long-term care facilities is under provincial and territorial jurisdiction, a re-elected Liberal government will work with them to continue supporting seniors by:
● Raising wages for personal support workers, including a guaranteed minimum wage of
at least $25 per hour;
● Training up to 50,000 new personal support workers;
● Doubling the Home Accessibility Tax Credit, which will provide up to an additional $1,500
to help seniors stay in their homes longer by making them more accessible;
● Improving the quality and availability of long-term care home beds;
● Continuing to implement strict infection prevention and control measures, including
through more provincial and territorial facility inspections for long-term care homes; and
● Developing a Safe Long Term Care Act collaboratively to ensure that seniors are
guaranteed the care they deserve, no matter where they live.
This builds on the immediate actions the Liberal government took to help seniors when they
needed it the most, including:
● Putting up to $875 directly in the pockets of eligible seniors to help them through the
pandemic;
● Deploying the Canadian Armed Forces to long-term care homes at the request of the
provinces and territories and providing funding to the Red Cross for immediate support;
● Supplying PPE, contact tracing support, rapid testing, and other pandemic control
measures to long-term care homes, in collaboration with provinces and territories; and
● Providing wage boosts for essential workers, including personal support workers.

9 COMMENTS

  1. It’s quite obvious that Mr. Trudeau’s plan is to increase the Liberal voters base by increasing immigration. Traditionally immigrants and their extended families and communities vote for the person that helped them immigrate. Once Mr. Trudeau controls the Parliament and continues to bring hundreds of thousands of new immigrants into Canada each year there will be no need for a Federal Election every four years. Mr. Trudeau will control our lives and Canada with no Democratic opposition he will be Canada’s First King.

  2. It took the last 6 years to develop this mandate…when there is so much from the previous 2 campaigns that have been dropped…no thanks…won’t be fooled again!

  3. We don’t necessarily need an election especially in a pandemic. The Liberals having complete power is likely the motivation for a snap election. Terry towed the party line, as most do, even it might be detrimental to his constituents. He voted yay for Trudeau’s catch and release Bill which was not good for this city. He finally acted on behalf of the steel mill when Trump put tariffs on Canadian steel. Prior to that the Liberals never acted on the steel dumping, especially from China and Mexico, a major request from the Hamilton Steel Caucus, the articles are there. The sad thing is, Erin O’Toole doesn’t seem to be much different than the current PM. And NDP leader Singh has propped up the minority Liberals. So we may be in for a rough ride no matter who gets elected. Ron

  4. “ Raising wages for personal support workers, including a guaranteed minimum wage of at least $25 per hour;”
    “Training up to 50,000 new personal support workers “

    Susan: This is only part of the problem. It was also a lack of full-time jobs, which resulted in PSWs working in more than one care facility – this is in part what caused the rapid transmission of Covid to Long Term Care Homes, making both residents and staff sick. This piece needs to be addressed also.
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    “Supplying PPE, contact tracing support, rapid testing, and other pandemic control
    measures to long-term care homes, in collaboration with provinces and territories;”

    Susan: Thank you, but according to the Public Health Agency of Canada act, *any* federal government is mandated to play a key national infection control role, since I believe 2006. Is it not? This applies regardless of where Canadians reside – in private homes, long term care homes, on the street, wherever.
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    “Deploying the Canadian Armed Forces to long-term care homes at the request of the
    provinces and territories and providing funding to the Red Cross for immediate support;”

    Susan: Thank you again, but I don’t think I’m alone in expecting *any* federal government to deploy armed forces and funding as necessary to rescue Canadians from widespread disaster. I am not saying that this wasn’t done; it was, and that’s great. But again, it is pretty much the federal government’s responsibility to boot.
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    “Developing a Safe Long Term Care Act collaboratively to ensure that seniors are
    guaranteed the care they deserve, no matter where they live.”

    Susan: I certainly agree with the initiative, but much collaboration will be required between feds and the provinces.
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    “Doubling the Home Accessibility Tax Credit, which will provide up to an additional $1,500
    to help seniors stay in their homes longer by making them more accessible;”

    Susan: Hmm. When other parties mention tax credits during Question Period, Prime Minister Trudeau argues that those who need the benefit of tax credits don’t make enough money to pay the taxes that would make a tax credit worth anything. So, if tax credits for low-income persons is viewed by the PM as a dumb idea, why are you offering an increased tax credit?
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    “Putting up to $875 directly in the pockets of eligible seniors to help them through the
    pandemic;”

    Susan: Is this in addition to the 500.00 payment seniors over 75 years received within the past week or so?

    • I’m glad someone is seeing through the obfuscation and outright lies.
      Based on all the red signs around town it seems the Soo has been drinking the kool aid.

  5. Terry….why have you not been working on these problems during the years you have been in office? Suddenly these problems are a concern to you only because someone told you it might help get you re-elected? I hope voters elect someone based on what they have done rather than what they promise just before every election. Come on terry…voters are smarter than you think.

  6. So you can suddenly make this happen if “re-elected”??
    People have been complaining to you to fix these problems your boss mostly created but when it was your chance you just toed to party line.
    Sorry but you had your chance and disappointed us. We cannot afford another Trudeau government.
    A vote for you is simply “asking for more than we can give”.

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