Oct 05, 2015

By Jane Brown

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Here’s more evidence that zoomer issues are playing high in the federal election campaign.

A new report from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities says Canada is fast approaching a “perfect storm” on the issue of housing for seniors and the report’s authors are urging all federal political parties to address the problem while campaigning for the October 19th election.

The report warns that slumping incomes among older Canadians, rising rent costs and a rapidly aging population will have a devastating financial impact if the issue isn’t addressed right away.

It says part of the solution is to provide new social housing options for people 65 and older by building and expanding existing programs. It also recommends supporting and growing municipal, provincial and federal programs that enable seniors to renovate their housing to address changing needs.

All 3 main party leaders are campaigning today in southern Ontario. NDP leader Tom Mulcair is trying to chip away at support for the Liberals in the final two weeks of the campaign.

“Justin Trudeau has voted every step of the way with Stephen Harper. They’ve had the same agenda to reduce the taxes of Canada’s richest corporations; the banks, the oil companies, by $50-billion. And now they’re trying to leave that debt to your children and grandchildren. I’m going to make sure those corporations start paying their fair way. That’s what we’re going to do,” Mulcair said to a group of supporters on Sunday.

The New Democrats continue to lose voter support to the Liberals. The latest overnight tracking from Nanos Research gives the Liberals the lead with 35.6 percent support, followed by the Conservatives at 31 percent, and the NDP back at 22.8 percent support.

Zoomer Radio’s Goldhawk Fights Back is hosting a debate today of the main candidates in Spadina-Fort York, the riding which includes the ZoomerPlex. Incumbent, Liberal Adam Vaughan takes on the NDP’s Olivia Chow and Conservative candidate Sabrina Zuniga right after the 11am news.

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