Great Canadian Debates: Canada must stop coddling its spoiled seniors


Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente will square off with lawyer and former seniors’ advocate Susan Eng over whether Canada is coddling its seniors in the latest entry in the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Great Canadian Debates on Oct. 25, 2016 in Ottawa.

We in Canada have of course always had the utmost respect for our elders. But with a wide array of tax breaks, discounts and privileges, some would say this increasingly wealthy and powerful demographic has had it too good for too long. Politicians know that seniors vote, and competition to woo a growing population of retirees is always fierce at election time. Others would argue that after all they have done for their country, seniors deserve to get something back, and many of them are still among the most vulnerable Canadians. So who is right, is it time for Canada to stop coddling its spoiled seniors?

Wente will argue in favour of the motion; Eng will argue against. The event will be moderated by Peter Milliken, a former speaker of the House of Commons.

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  • Where: The Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Pl, Ottawa, ON
  • When: Oct. 25, 2016 at 7 p.m.
  • Who: Margaret Wente and Susan Eng

The Great Canadian Debates create a lively setting in which influential speakers can hash out some of the hottest topics Canada faces in front of a live audience.

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