Organised by the government of Québec and airing live on its website, the Forum on countering bullying took place in Québec on October 2 in the presence of the Prime Minister Philippe Couillard, Francine Charbonneau Minister of family responsible for countering bullying and responsible of older adults, Stéphanie Vallée Minister of Justice and Minister responsible for the status of women, as well as Caroline Simard, parliamentary assistant for youth, early childhood and countering bullying.
The 3 oppositions parties also nominated a Member of Parliament for this work committee.
This day allowed to bring together multiple actors working on countering bullying to represent the different populations affected by this issue, such as: youth from school environment from primary to university level, indigenous people, gay people, lesbians and transgender, adults in work environment, older adults, etc. Among the actors who spoke about the situation towards older adults there was Marie Beaulieu from the Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults, Jacques Brousseau of the Association québécoise des centres communautaires pour aînés (Québec Association of Community Centres, for Older Adults) Maurice Dupont from the Fédération de l’âge d’or du Québec (Federation of Seniors of Québec) (FADOQ), Sarita Israel from the Centre de santé et de services sociaux (Healthcare and Social Service Centre) (CSSS) Cavendish and of the Ligne Aide Abus Aînés (Elder Abuse Helpline) (LAAA), as well as Marcel Lebel from the Tables régionales de concertation des personnes aînées (Regional Table of concertation for Older Adults). In addition, Diana Lavallée from the Association québécoise des établissements de santé et de services sociaux (Québec Association of Healthcare and Social Services Establishments) (AQESS). Pierre Blain of the regroupement provincial des comités des usages (Provincial Grouping of Users’ Committee) (RPCU) and Claude Leblond from the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec (Social Workers and Marital Therapists Order of Québec) also spoke about older adults.
The day took place in three parts following precise themes: The prevention actions, effective interventions and the support to give to actors. For each theme, two minutes to speak were given to the invited actors at the round table; with the eight previously mentioned for the older adults population. Once the tour de table was over, the right to speak for one minute was given to participants in the room, who were other actors working on countering bullying, who wanted to be part of the discussion. Suzanne Garon of the project Municipalités (et villes) amie des aînés (Age Friendly Communities (MADA), as well as Judith Gagnon from the Association québécoise de défense des droits des personnes retraitées et préretraitées (Québec Association of Human Rights for retired and pre-retired people)(AQDR) both spoke.
Each of the actor who have the situation of older adults at heart could highlight the concrete actions and the results of the current Governmental Action Plan to counter mistreatment of older adults which already includes some situations of bullying towards these individuals. Everyone has mentioned the importance of prolonging the activities of the Plan beyond 2015 and to link it to the future action plan to counter mistreatment to propose concerted actions.