Letter: Langley groups’ thoughts on seniors’ focused candidate meetings

Several Langley groups worked together to host all-candidate meetings for the federal election.

Dear Editor:

Members of the Langley Seniors Community Action Table took on the responsibility of organizing All-Candidates Meetings for the two Langley constituencies that would focus on the issues of pressing concern to seniors in the Langleys. These were held in the afternoons of October 5 and October 7, and were very well attended by voters in the area. We thank the candidates who did attend and participate in the discussions:  John Aldag, Simmi Dhillon, Dean Drysdale, Leon Jensen, Margot Sangster and Rebecca Smith.  Mark Warawa and Lauren Southern did not attend and unfortunately, we have recently learned that due to illness Scott Anderson of the Green Party could not attend

We thank the Aldergrove Legion and the Langley Senior Resources Society for providing the venues and Frank Bucholtz for capably moderating the two events.

We wish to thank the Langley Advance for covering these events and thereby providing the senior voters in our community with the opportunity to reflect upon the issues raised at these meetings including housing, retirement income security, seniors health care strategy, transportation, veterans and a national seniors strategy.  These issues are all inter-related and will require concerted efforts by the newly elected federal government to ensure that our communities function effectively for all generations.

Sylvia Anderson and Kathy Reddington

Co-Chairs, Langley Seniors Community Action Table

On behalf of the groups involved – Triple A Senior Housing, Stepping Stone Community Services, Brookswood Senior Citizens ~ BCOAPO Branch #132, Comfort Keepers, National Association of Federal Retirees ~ Fraser Valley West Branch, BC Retired Teachers Association ~ Langley Branch, Council of Senior Citizens Organizations of BC, Aldergrove Legion ~ Branch 265, Langley Seniors Resource Society.

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