Citizen Engagement: Better Policy Good Politics. Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., M.P. Commonwealth Parliamentary Association October 20, 2011. ENGAGEMENT = Information Communication. imperative...... Send AND Receive. Once a family doctor, always…. Patient as Partner
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Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., M.P.
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
October 20, 2011
together develop a plan
“Politics in Canada has always been the art of making the necessary possible.
Deciding what ‘s necessary is POLITICAL
“Good public policy is developed when the policy-makers can keep in their mind’s eye the people affected.”
“People don’t want to govern they want to be heard.”
How It Works
Seniors e-summit – June 12th 2008
Framework Recommendation I: Move immediately to take steps to promote active aging and healthy aging and to combat ageism
Framework Recommendation II: Provide leadership and coordination through initiatives such as a National Integrated Care Initiative, a National Caregiver Strategy, a National Pharmacare Program, and a federal transfer to address the needs of provinces with the highest proportion of the aging population
Framework Recommendation III: Ensure the financial security of Canadians by addressing the needs of older workers, pension reform and income security reform
Framework Recommendation IV: Facilitate the desire of Canadians to age in their place of choice with adequate housing, transportation, and integrated health and social care services
Framework Recommendation V: Act immediately to implement changes for those populations groups for which it has a specific direct service responsibility, and in relation to Canada’s official language commitments
Hon. Carolyn Bennett (St. Paul's, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, yesterday I hosted an Internet summit so that our leader could listen to the needs of seniors from coast to coast.
Seniors were clear. There is a pressing need for affordable housing in this country, but the Conservative government is not listening. It has made zero investments in affordable housing for seniors. In fact, in 2006 the Conservatives cut $200 million that had been allocated by the Liberals.
Why does the Prime Minister not listen? Why is he denying Canadian seniors the right to live with dignity?
Canadians Make the Rules Tour
– October, 2010
Total number of posts (En famille): 2,056
Townhalls in – person 3
Townhalls on-line 9
Regional in-person and Elluminate 6
Proposal Submissions from Members 6
Emails, phone calls too numerous to count
great people will run, citizens will vote
Physical and mental energy come from feeling in control of your life, having real choices, and being involved with other to find ways of organizing change for the better.