Mar 22, 2021
By Jane Brown
The federal New Democrats are seeking the support of the House of Commons in calling on the government to eliminate for-profit long-term care.
Led by Jagmeet Singhm, the NDP is tabling a motion Monday that calls for a transition from existing for-profit homes into not-for-profit operations by 2030.
Singh was a guest on Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer last month and explained that the pandemic has shown the vulnerability of residents in for-profit nursing homes.
“For-profit homes are where corners are cut to make a profit, where staffing is cut, the quality of food is cut, and when the goal is to put profit ahead of people, people suffer, and for-profit the model inherently is flawed. You’ve got some for-profit homes that took public money, Sienna and Extendicare, who took public money to deal with the pandemic and then turned around and gave dividends in millions of dollars to shareholders,” Singh laid out.
Singh says the bottom line is that you have vulnerable people being exploited for money.
Listen to Jagmeet Singh’s full conversation with Libby by clicking here.
Monday’s non-binding motion urges the government to work with the provinces and territories to stop the licensing of any new for-profit homes.
Debate takes place Monday, with a vote expected Tuesday.
The New Democrats unveiled their proposal for the long-term care sector earlier this year, presenting it as a potential election promise as parties ramp up their preparations ahead of a possible campaign.