Today is a historic day for customers of the Desjardins Group, the predecessor of the Acès D online service, after 120 years of existence.
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About 270,000 people, most of whom are 70 and older, still use it.
“It’s a disaster,” said Pierre Lynch, president of the Quebec Association for the Defense of Retired Women’s Rights (AQDR), especially in rural areas.
“They’re losing all service!”
“It’s another sign that businesses or governments don’t see seniors as important right now, and that’s scary. [Ils] Still representing 20% of the population, soon there will be 25,” lamented the AQDR president.
“Where is the respect for the people who built society?” asks Mr. Lynch.
The expert also questions the purpose of financial cooperation.
“Desjardins’ movement tries to be a social movement, to be a local movement. I think he can get closer to the seniors and I think we can provide a service that not only people expect, but people are used to,” he argued.
He believes the service should be maintained for people who continue to use the service and for people who still need it because “some will not receive it”.