LANGLEY, BC – Mark Warawa, Member of Parliament for Langley—Aldergrove, today issued the following statement in response to the newly-expanded federal cabinet, which now includes a Minister of Seniors.

“Let me first congratulate my colleague, the Hon. Filomena Tassi, for her appointment today,” began MP Warawa.

“For the past two and a half years, serious issues facing Canadian seniors have been ignored by the Trudeau government. The Prime Minister was asked repeatedly to appoint a Minister for Seniors, similar to the previous Parliament. It is disappointing that today’s appointment was delayed until the last year of the government’s mandate.

“As the Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Seniors, Palliative Care and Income Security, I encourage the federal government to address numerous seniors issues. One of those issues is that Canada’s population is aging quickly. 1 in 6 is a senior and in twelve years, 1 in 4 will be a senior. Canada is not prepared to care for our aging population.

“Currently, 70% of Canadians that need end-of-life hospice palliative care do not have access to it. Effective palliative care, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), should be made available to every Canadian resident who needs it. Canada needs a National Palliative Care Framework as required through the passage of Bill C-277.

“I am hopeful that today’s appointment will again give Canadian seniors the consideration and dignity they deserve. I look forward to working with Minister Tassi and the former Minister for Seniors, the Hon. Alice Wong to achieve this goal.” Warawa concluded.


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