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The Government of Canada making seniors issues a priority with the Creation of a Seniors Ministry

July 18, 2018

NICKEL BELT–GREATER SUDBURY – Following today’s Cabinet shuffle announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier today, Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt issued the following statement:

“I would like to commend the Right Honorable Justin Trudeau and the Government of Canada for hearing the concerns and feedback from Canadians and for taking action by creating a Ministry dedicated to seniors. This new ministry along with the passing of my motion, M-106 Seniors, is truly a dream come true. This action demonstrates our government’s commitment to seniors, caregivers and families in Canada.”

“I wish to extend my sincere congratulations to my colleague Filomena Tassi on her well-deserved appointment as new Minister of Seniors. I am confident she will work very hard for all seniors across Canada; she is an empathetic and focused individual and I am certain our Canadian seniors are in good hands. In her new role, she will help the Government better understand the needs of Canadian seniors and ensure that programs and services are developed to respond to Canada’s aging population. This will provide seniors and future retirees’ greater security and a better quality of life.”

“Seniors issues have always been a priority of mine and this government. Since the passing of my motion M-106 I have co-hosted numerous seniors’ town halls to engage and share dialogue regarding issues that matter most to seniors. Thus far, more than 1,200 Canadians attended these town halls and shared their perspectives on seniors’ needs in their community. I am beyond grateful for the overwhelming support this initiative has received from my colleagues and Canadians across the country and for the insights I have gained on issues related to seniors and healthy aging over the past year.”

“I will continue to work closely with organizations such as the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Nursing Association and CARP to help improve the quality of life for all seniors in Canada. I am very hopeful that we will maintain an open dialogue to ensure constituents have their voices heard and continue to share their concerns and ideas to help set priorities as we move forward with the development of a National Seniors’ Strategy.”

“To conclude, I also wish to congratulate my colleagues, Honorable Dominic LeBlanc, Honorable Jim Carr, Honorable Mélanie Joly, Honorable Amarjeet Sohi, Honorable Carla Qualtrough, Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Honorable Pablo Rodriguez, Honorable Bill Blair, Honorable Mary Ng, Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, Honorable Carolyn Bennett, Honorable Scott Brison, Honorable MarieClaude Bibeau, Honorable Kirsty Duncan and Honorable Bardish Chagger as they take on their new roles in Cabinet. I look forward to working with each and every one of you during the upcoming fall session.”

-Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt