IN THE HOUSE – Seniors still want to know who their landlord is

Kamloops Seniors Village.

Excerpt from Question Period, Wednesday, June 14, 2017 on the sale of Retirement Concepts to China-based Anbang Insurance, which owns, among other facilities, Kamloops Seniors Village. Anbang’s chair Wu Xiaohui was reported on Wednesday to have been detained by authorities or, at least, currently unable to perform his duties:

Cathy McLeod, Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo, B.C.

Mr. Speaker, four months ago, the government rushed to sell senior care facilities in Canada to a Chinese conglomerate. Anbang Insurance has been denied in many other countries from buying assets. Now we learn that Mr. Wu, the chairman, has been charged with vague accusations including corruption. There is speculation this is part of the Chinese government’s effort to re-establish state-owned enterprises.

I have a number of constituents who have asked me regularly and are very concerned. Can he tell us who owns their home?

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, I can reassure the residents that indeed B.C. has a strong and robust regulatory regime that imposes rigorous standards of care on all operators of residential care and assisted living facilities. Cedar Tree has confirmed its strong commitment to the ongoing quality of operations of its Canadian retirement residences. They will continue to remain subject to all provincial oversight in upholding the highest standards of care for our seniors.

Cathy McLeod, Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo, B.C.

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister is perhaps not aware that a whole number of those seniors immediately received a notice that they had to be removed from their facility. It was absolutely shameful. The Liberals approved the sale of our seniors’ care to Anbang. They cannot tell us who owns the conglomerate. The only face of that business was a chairman who of course is now in jail with these accusations.

The Liberals say everything is so fine. The minister says, “I am going to keep watching. I’m okay.” We are not convinced that things are okay. Would he stand and tell us who owns the homes of the seniors of Canada?

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, the provincial governments across this country have the responsibility for imposing rigorous regulatory regimes to ensure the protection of our seniors, regardless of who owns and operates the various senior care centres. Cedar Tree has continued to emphasize its rigorous standards of care. We are going to make sure that the provincial oversight remains strong and that all proper rules and regulations are followed to ensure proper care for our seniors right across this country. This is something we take seriously and will continue to stand up for.

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1 Comment on IN THE HOUSE – Seniors still want to know who their landlord is

  1. this is like my answer re pot in trailer courts & owners have no rights. I just got my place filled with sick smell & I’m alergic,got very sick again ,now I’m trying to get into a sen center run by another country to getaway fr this & that scares me.What are sen’s to do.scary world

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