June 6, 2017
NICKEL BELT – Today, following his opening witness testimony to the HUMA committee on its study, ‘Advancing Inclusion and Quality of Life for Canadian Seniors,’ MP Serré issued the following statement:
“I am delighted to have been the first witness to provide testimony for this study, and I would like to extend my gratitude to members of the HUMA committee for undertaking this study after M-106, my motion for the federal government to take a leadership role in the development of a National Seniors’ Strategy and to re-engage and strengthen the National Seniors’ Council, a panel of experts, passed in the House of Commons,” Serré began.
“I would also like to thank the Cabinet for their strong and ongoing support for M-106, in particular Minister Duclos for participating as the second witness in the HUMA committee’s initial meeting on this study. It sends a strong signal that the government supports our effort to create the first ever National Seniors’ Strategy for Canada.” Serré continued.
“The committee will now seek out medical practitioners, caregivers, seniors themselves, and a wide range of other experts and voices from across the country to address some of the most pressing needs confronting seniors today. Affordable and accessible housing is of significant concern not just for residents of Nickel Belt and Northern Ontario; it is a concern raised by seniors across the country, and is something that this study should address. Income security is another important issue. While Budget 2016 contained numerous measures to improve income security for seniors, we must do more to support seniors in poverty and those living on limited fixed incomes,” Serré elaborated.
“Another topic that I look forward to the committee studying is ensuring that there are programming and supports to enable seniors to remain vibrant and visible contributors to their communities. In particular, I am eager to see the committee study day programming for Canadians living with Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. Addressing these social determinants of health will not only improve quality of life for seniors—it will improve quality of life for their caregivers and family members as well.” Serré remarked.
“Once HUMA has completed its study and drafted a report, the report will be tabled in the House of Commons. The National Seniors’ Council, which is now accepting applications for new members, will then review the report and advise the Government of Canada on how best to implement a National Seniors’ Strategy. With that said, I am very proud and humbled to see the two most prominent measures included in M-106 being implemented by the government so swiftly,” said Serré.
“I would like to thank the more than 50,000 Canadians who have been writing letters in support of the Federal Government developing a National Seniors Strategy as part of the Canadian Medical Association’s “Demand a Plan” campaign, and I would like to thank CMA President Dr. Granger Avery for coming from Vancouver to attend the first committee meeting on developing a National Seniors Strategy earlier today. Finally, I would also like to thank all of the individuals and organizations from across the country who reached out to me personally to support the Motion. Without your support, today’s great news would not have been possible” Serré concluded.
To apply for a position on the National Seniors Council, visit https://www.appointments-nominations.gc.ca/slctnPrcs.asp?menu=1&lang=eng
To submit a written brief or a request to participate in this HUMA study as a witness, please contact HUMA@parl.gc.ca
Marc Serré MP Nickel Belt