Charest in helping mood for seniors
PremierJean Charest was on familiar ground, last Thursday, as he presented Seniors Minister Marguerite Blais at a press conference given at the SaintVincent-de-Paul hospital in Sherbrooke. She was to announce, along with Orford M.n.a. Pierre Reid, the granting of $364,531 to various organisations involved with seniors.
Since the Premier was born there, as were his children, and that his father-in-law practiced at the hospital, now part of the CHUS, he was on familiar ground and could acknowledge personally some of the guests present. He reminded all that Quebec is at the forefront of seniors care in North America: “Seniors contribute to the economic, social and cultural development of our society. For a lot of them, this involvement translates by the natural human choice of being close to their
loved ones; spouses, family members or sick people to help and provide them with love. We have a duty to back these people so that their contribution can be recognized at its just value and it is in this perspective that two of today’s projects will be awarded to support them.”
The Premier went on to say that seniors provide over seventy million hours of volunteer time, that close to eighty thousand are still working and 50% of seniors aged over 75 still own their home.
The premier was especially proud of a $100,000 grant to the Centre d’expertise en santé de Sherbrooke.
Mrs. Blais then announced grants for the Action interculturelle de développement et d’éducation, helping minority seniors to integrate into our society. They are getting $232,000 over 3 years and La Maison des Grandsparents is getting $15,685. Mr. Reid announced that the Coopérative de solidarité de service à domicile de Memphrémagog will get $15,824 to organize conferences.
At the scrum, following the press conference, this newspaper asked what the Seniors ministry intended to do following the brutal closing of the White House in Stanstead last month so that this would not be repeated in the future. The minister was obviously unaware of the situation and gave canned answers to our question. Mr. Reid later told the Stanstead Journal that a solution should be announced soon in order to protect all residents of seniors’ homes in Quebec facing such a situation.
Premier Jean Charest and MNA Pierre Reid attended the announcement of money for three seniors organizations. Seniors’ Minister Marguerite Blais announced a grant of $364,531 for seniors in Sherbrooke last Thursday.