Snowbirds support National Seniors' Council

    TORONTO, March 5 /CNW/ - Gerry Brissenden, president of the Canadian
Snowbird Association expressed strong support for the creation of a National
Seniors' Council.
    "The federal government promised the establishment of a National Seniors'
Council and I am pleased to see them delivering on their promise," said
Brissenden. "With the number of seniors doubling over the next 25 years, the
input of Canada's seniors will continue to grow in importance".
    The Canadian Snowbird Association is a 70,000 member, non-profit,
non-partisan organization representing Canadian travellers, many of them
seniors, from across the country. The CSA works in partnership with government
and business to educate and advocate on behalf of all travelling Canadians,
helping to ensure access to safe, healthy travel with no restrictions on
freedom of movement.
    "Many of today's seniors are leading active and healthy lives," said
Brissenden. "With many seniors continuing to work well past age 65 the nature
of Canadian society is changing and it's encouraging to see the federal
government recognize this important fact."
    In addition to endorsing the establishment of a National Seniors'
Council, the Canadian Snowbird Association supports the federal government's
initiative to allow pension income splitting for pensioners beginning in 2007
with the filing of annual tax returns.
    "Seniors are a valuable resource that have much experience and wisdom to
offer Canadian society," said Brissenden. "The Canadian Snowbird Association
applauds the federal government for the creation of a National Seniors'
Council, a vehicle that will formally allow seniors greater input on issues of
national importance."

For further information:

For further information: Michael MacKenzie, Research and Communications
Officer, Canadian Snowbird Association, (416) 441-7005

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