CARP applauds appointment of new Minister of Seniors

July 18, 2018 – TORONTO, ON: Today, the Federal Government announced a vital change to its cabinet as it prepares for the next election. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Filomena Tassi as its new Minister of Seniors.
“After more than three years without real representation for older Canadians, we look forward to having a strong voice for seniors at the cabinet table,” says Laura Tamblyn Watts, National Director of Law, Policy and Research. “CARP looks forward to collaborating with Minister Tassi on urgent initiatives including a national dementia strategy, national pharmacare, financial security as we age, social inclusion and elder abuse prevention.”
CARP has been actively advocating for a dedicated voice for seniors. “With 6 million seniors now in Canada, and nearly a quarter of the population over the age of 65 by 2031, Canadians need a coordinated department to respond to the current needs of seniors and to plan for the future age wave,” says Tamblyn Watts.
“There have been great strides in policies affecting women, Indigenous Peoples, and children and youth because they have their own ministers to champion their related issues,” says Wanda Morris, VP of Advocacy. “It’s about time that seniors, lifetime contributors to this country, have a Minister to champion issues that affect them most.”
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