Canadian Ministry for Seniors News

Documents shed light on seniors poverty figures used by federal Liberals

Conservative seniors critic Alice Wong said in a statement that the Liberals were “trying to mislead Canadians” about their record in government by “moving the goalposts when it comes to seniors’ poverty.”

On Thursday, the Liberals and Conservatives each tried to paint themselves as the party of choice for seniors heading into this fall’s federal election. Elections Canada research from the 2015 election showed those over age 65 saw the highest turnout rate at the polls of any age group, continuing a trend witnessed in previous votes.

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MPs split on continuing to use WeChat amid cybersecurity concerns

All MPs and their staff were sent an email from the House of Commons’ cyber security team last week recommending that they refrain from using the social media and e-commerce app, which has close to 1.1 billion monthly active users, “for business—or otherwise sensitive—communications.”

Kori Ghergari, a spokesperson for the House of Commons, told iPolitics the email was sent as a “preventative measure.”

Conservative MP Alice Wong, who represents Richmond Centre, where 59 per cent of the community is Chinese, will also continue using WeChat to communicate with constituents, Sacha Peter, the manager of Wong’s office, told iPolitics in an email.

“We concur that the cyber security alert provided on the July 4, 2019 House of Commons bulletin is an excellent reminder to not conduct sensitive business on that platform. We would advise all other MP offices follow the same policies, no matter which public messaging platforms are being used,” Peter said.

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Out & About with Filomena Tassi – Minister of Seniors

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Out & About with Alice Wong – Minister of Seniors Critic