O wad some Power the giftie gie us. To see oursels as ithers see us!
They get elected and then head off to Parliament. And, then something happens to them.
Acting one’s age is a bit of advice handed to me by my folks at a very young age. It was good advice then and is still very much valid.
In Parliament, there are Ministers for just about everything imaginable and even a few things that never occurred to me. And, Members of Parliament get paid pretty well too raking in $167,400 per year. Even better, if one is a Minister of the Parliament, your pay envelope will be $247,500. It is difficult to swallow,,, but a former bar room bouncer will haul in $334,800 this year. It is often sadly amusing that any of them living in that salary range (often for the first time in their lives) can comprehend ordinary folks with ordinary problems.
Among the list of “ordinary folks” are people like me; seniors. We are often solitary, living alone and struggling with all the other things that trouble everyone else living in Canada: soaring energy bills etc. while existing on fixed incomes and dealing with diminishing health. That aging process adds complexity and challenges. No, the government does not hand out $61 per day for a senior. (Unless, of course the senior is a Syrian!) I have traveled too much in Canada and seen too many times that, as difficult my life may be; it is often utopia compared to my Relations living on Reserves or in the isolation of a native settlement in more frigid and much more remote areas.
How Government Works 1.01
Canada’s parliament also contains various “ministries” or “departments” that pay specific attention to areas of (supposed) importance. Each of those entities is headed by a “Minister”
In that list of $247,500 per year Ministers of the Crown you will find a Minister for “Democratic Institutions”; a “Science Minister” and even a Minister for Disabilities. Alas, there is no Minister for Seniors and the absence of anyone advocating for seniors speaks volumes.
The 2015 data produced by the government reveals that there are presently about 5,599,600 men and women aged 55 or older. We represent 17.5% of the national population. In fact, our numbers are five times as large as the muslim population in Canada (1,053,945 or 3.2% of the population). It’s not that I a picking on the muslims. I point it out as a matter of observation. For weeks on end, parliament spins its collective wheels discussing muslim-based matters such as “islamophobia”. But nary a word about a sector of Canadian society (seniors) which is five times as big as the muslim population and deals with much more monumental issues than someone simply disliking muslims.
There certainly aren’t “halal” food sections in the grocery stores that I visit and we (seniors) aren’t “bitching” about special prayer accommodations. In fact, the seniors I know say very little when their religious beliefs are taken away or diminished. There was no crowd f canes and wheel chairs protesting when public prayer was taken away for lack of “political correctness”.
Far too often, instead, seniors issues are simply hijacked by do-good self appointed advocates that are predominantly self-serving.
As I tuned in a House of Commons session recently, I began to understand the essence of denial. We have elected a number of Members of Parliament who are aged 55 or greater that deny their age and camouflage their appearances and pretend to be many years younger. I can only assume that they also deny that there are many seniors who are being handed a much less than fair deal in Canada.
The Bad Hair Leaders
At an annual salary of over $167,000 one would think that an individual trying to hide his/her age would not attempt to get by with a “do-it-yourself-hair coloring job”. The answer might be to take your graying hair to a professional IF YOU WISH TO DECEIVE. The solutions found on the shelves of Shoppers Drug Mart (etc) often just don’t turn out right. Heaven’s,,, at your salary range, you can do much better and (unlike us mere mortals) need not resort to “do-it-yourself-hair treatment”
My kind/gentle advice to each of the above – act your age and start paying attention to seniors.
Prime –Minister Trudeau, if you can’t get a single member of your caucus to serve as Minister for Seniors, look me up.
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