POLITICAL ADVOCACY
MEMBERS
  • Conrad Artibise, Winnipeg
  • Pat Bowslaugh, Brandon
  • Guy Hansen, Winnipeg
  • JoAnne Hoyak, MacGregor
  • Julian Hoyak, MacGregor
  • Ken Malcolm, Dauphin
  • Connie Newman, Winnipeg
  • Carol Pelton, Winnipeg
  • John Sushelnitsky, Portage
 

The committee is in its second year under its name change from Political Action to Political Advocacy.  Under its name change, the committee is continuing its mandate as follows: a) doing research in various area related to Retired Teachers’ and Seniors and bring recommendations to the RTAM Board for consideration and action; b) monitor political issues and advise the President and/or the Board on emerging issues relevant to RTAM members; and c) plan and organize political advocacy, if so directed by the Board.  This work of this committee fits into the overall role of RTAM on behalf of Retired Teachers in its job of moving issues forward in enhancing the improvement of conditions for all its members.

The Political Advocacy Committee interfaces with other RTAM committees.  In some cases, there is a crossover of members.  As a result, there is a high degree of co-operation between all RTAM committees and outside organizations such as the Senior’s Coalition.

For the coming year, the Committee shall research the following:

a).  Wealth/income distribution/disparity;

b).  Alternative electoral reform;

c). Pension issues (defined benefits vs defined contributions); and

d). Other as assigned by the Board.
 

A Meet and Greet was held at the Manitoba Legislative

Building on October 19.  The results data are:

Meet and Greet Attendance Statistics by Group

Board

Committees

Chapter

Members

Ministers

MLAs

Staff

Total

18

4

4

5

4

29

2

66

27%

6%

6%

8%

6%

44%

3%

100%

Notes:  there are 57 MLAs including the Premier, 33 or 58% of the total MLA’s attended.  50% of the total number  in attendance at the Meet and Greet were MLAs.

MLAs not in attendance were sent a covering letter together with the hand-out that was distributed at the Meet and Greet.

Finally, the Committee will continue its mandate to monitor political trends in government, social and economic areas and to report all relevant issues to the RTAM Board for consideration.

Activities

Seniors Vote, 2016, summarized

Last year, November Board meeting, John Sushelnitsky spoke to a paper from the Political Advocacy committee, RTAM, with issues, which should be discussed with the Manitoba parties before the election, before the many decisions significant to us were made.

The time was right, the spark was lit. Things started to grow.

Other organizations joined us, our Seniors Vote 2016.  Questionnaires were sent to the political parties; we requested and received responses. Releases were made, with radio, TV, and the press, letters were written, and people and politicians of Manitoba learned of us and met with us.

Our focus, our one-liner became…..”We seniors want our OWN Minister, a stand-alone Minister of Senior Issues. There are lots of us with issues, with problems. Marvin Krawec said it well…”Seniors need a hand up, not a hand out”.

And we did help to build this province.

Days after the election we re-delivered a summary of our involvement to each party, indeed a copy went to each of the newly elected PC MLA’s of Manitoba. It stressed our request, our Seniors Vote 2016 need, for our own stand-alone Minister, a Minister of Seniors Issues.

Perhaps it is too early to call this a movement, perhaps not. We currently do have over 30,000 members. We will not go away.

Below is a list of members of our coalition, as well as the pillars we emphasized in our questionnaire to the parties, the pillars to which we asked specific questions. For those wanting more detailed information please see:

Seniors Vote Engagement Questions for the April 2016

THE COALITION MEMBERS

  1. Age and Opportunity: Support Services for Seniors
  2. Active Living Coalition for Older Adults in Manitoba
  3. Canadian Association of Retired Persons
  4. Manitoba Association of Senior Centres
  5. Retired Teachers Association of Manitoba
  6. Transportation Options Network for Seniors
  7. La Federation des Aines Franco-Manitobains

 

THE SENIORS VOTE 2016 PILLARS

  1. Social Engagement/Participation
  2. Affordable Housing
  3. Retirement Income Security
  4. Health Care, Hearing, Vision, Oral Health
  5. Support for Caregivers
  6. Dementia Care
  7. Homecare
  8. Transportation
  9. Healthy Aging, Quality of Life

References
Guy Hansen

Announcements

RTAM will monitor the progress of the Progressive Conservative Election promises through the government’s mandate.

Meetings

TBD

WHO WE ARE

Retirement is a time of transitions. Throughout your career you belonged to the Manitoba Teachers’ Society (MTS), but upon retirement you are no longer a member. The Retired Teachers’ Association of Manitoba (RTAM) exists to serve retired teachers. We invite you to join the growing number of RTAM members and enjoy the benefits of belonging.

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