Do you remember the recent big deal about the governments plan to change the Pharma-Care
arrangements? Well SUN, along with many other Senior organizations in the Province, raised a very effective
negative response to the governmentís plan that the initiative was stopped and put on the shelf.
It may not be dead so we need to remain aware that it could resurface and if it does SUN will be back
advocating for our Seniors with all the Provinces MLAs.
Several MLAs have acknowledged that the Seniorís grass roots response was very effective in having the
government back off with their proposed Pharmaceutical plan.
Have you heard of the Seniors Property Tax Deferment Act? This Act was passed into legislation and
received Royal Assent in May 2012.SUN was instrumental in putting forward this plan as a way to help senior
homeowners stay in their homes longer. By taking advantage of the plan property taxes can be deferred and
paid out of the equity of the home when it is sold or transferred. This will automatically give the homeowner
several hundred dollars disposable income per month which can be used however they see fit. The government
is putting together the final details which will be released in due course. We have been advised in time for the
2013 tax year.
How do you feel about the statement?
"If you donít engage government then they will continue to do their own thing"?
SUN is motivated by that statement as a primary reason for its existence. Over the past year Sun has sent
"Position Papers" and met with senior Cabinet Ministers on the following:
• Property Tax Deferment Plan
• The state of Seniors Health Care
• Pharma Care
• "Life Lease Act" legislation
• Long Term Care Beds
SUN is presently expressing concern about the growing labor unrest in an increasing number of Alberta Care
SUN has embarked on a strategy to rejuvenate citizen participation in our democracy by organizing our
Chapters to develop a direct mutually supportive working relationship between SUN Chapter members and
their MPs, MLAs, and Municipal Officials.
SUN has also been working and having success with individual member concerns in negotiating the complex
of government agencies to get answers and solutions.