Prioritize respect, care for seniors


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This article was published 09/10/2020 (964 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Our seniors are our history, precedent, bank of knowledge and experienced experts of life. They are the undeniable rock-solid foundation of our society.

During these extraordinary times, in which social isolation and loneliness are prevalent, we need to go an extra mile and be more compassionate. We have been calling and meeting to touch base with our senior constituents and to no surprise of ours, they greet us with a big hello and welcome us with informative conversations.

The care and compassion they show after they hear from someone, when they haven’t talked to anyone all day, is inspiring.

Seniors need to be reminded that their contributions, prior and current, to our community are important and valued. Their dignity must be maintained and their health must be looked after. No one stays young forever, and this is the time to set precedent for our future generations.

Health-care workers have been working tirelessly during this unprecedented time. I salute all the heroes, the hardworking caregivers in both community based and institutional settings. It’s not an easy task to take care of others while risking your own and your family’s health. There is no doubt that we have numerous examples of these heroes who have proved that this world cannot work without front-line workers.

However, there are some gaps that need to be filled. We cannot ignore the fact that some of our seniors are not getting the care and affection they need, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Accommodating visits with family members for seniors are critical for their wellbeing, but they are not always possible due to a lack of staffing support.

Health-care workers are extremely overworked. The health cuts of the Pallister government have made it harder for the system to work smoothly. It has been affecting everyone from top to bottom. Our seniors are not receiving the care they are entitled to and our caregivers are overworked and exhausted from this continued system failure.

Our health-care system is already in a crisis caused by the health cuts imposed by the Progressive Conservative government. We will face a major system failure if the cuts to public services are not stopped in time.

Should you have any concerns, please reach out to me by email at or phone at 204-415-7621. Our constituency office is located at Unit 1, 995 McPhillips St.

Diljeet Brar

Diljeet Brar
Burrows constituency report

Diljeet Brar is the NDP MLA for Burrows.

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