Seniors' groups underwhelmed by PQ announcement

Some groups representing the elderly aren't exactly jumping for joy over provincial Health Minister Rejean Hebert's latest news.

He was in Sherbrooke this morning to announce the financing of a new awareness-raising project about elderly abuse.

But several groups say that enough awareness has already been raised, and are still waiting for concrete measures to fight the problem.

Hebert announced that the Regroupement provincial des comites des usagers would receive $355,000 over three years.

But some critics feel the RPCU doesn't have the capabilities of other more established groups.

Louis Plamondon of the Quebec Association of the Rights of Retirees says he was disappointed with the announcement.

He suspects the announcement has a political flavour to it with an election expected to be called on Wednesday.

But he certainly doesn't discount the actual problem of elderly abuse: he says that nine percent of elderly Canadians were victimized last year, most of them in institutions or by close relations.

Photo courtesy the Gazette

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  1. jonico posted on 03/03/2014 06:55 PM
    M. Hebert (is he still a doctor??????) is more concerned about separatist movement than Healthcare. Too bad for the sick & elderly; certainly not getting our money's worth out of this guy.
  2. LMAO posted on 03/03/2014 09:04 PM
    Hebert announced that the Regroupement provincial des comites des usagers would receive $355,000 over three years.

    What an insult to the Quebec elderly. I guess it was not considered a high priority like the Millions spent on the Charter or the millions extra given to the OQLF. Old folks just don't count i guess.
  3. ric posted on 03/04/2014 08:59 AM
    Anyone surprised? Most of the elderly don't vote pq, so why fund them. A few coins only. However there's always millions for the charter of discrimination and other stupid separatist ideas.
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