LETHBRIDGE: More than 35 people gathered at the Lethbridge Seniors Centre Wednesday to hear the Wildrose Alliance's new plan for seniors health and finance.
Party leader Danielle Smith offered several alternatives to take pressure off seniors and their families as they face illness and age.
Calling the plan a "framework" plan, that includes policies the party may adopt if elected to power, Smith suggests the government should compsensate family members for palliative care they offer their loved ones.
"We would be looking at providing a similar level of compensation [compared] to workers who are already in this field, but just allowing it to be directed to a family member so they can at least replace some of the income that they would lose by taking those weeks or months off work to care for a dying loved one," said Smith.
One of the other banner policies in the plan is focussed on finances. Wildrose proposes the province should withdraw from the Canadian pension plan and create an Alberta-specific program.
They say the new pension plan would increase benefits while lowering premiums for provincial employers and employees.
Smith is one of many Albertan politicial leaders set to visit Lethbridge in the next few days. She says the city was an ideal location to launch the policy because of the high percentage of seniors in the community.
Photo by Country 95 News: Wildrose Alliance leader Danielle Smith outlines her party's seniors plan to members of the Lethbridge Seniors Centre.