For the first time in the history of the Census, seniors outnumber youth in Canada. Statistics Canada reports over 15 per cent of our population in the last census was over 65. Based on population projections, the share of Canadians 65 and older will continue to rise.
In May, Marc Serré’s motion to develop a National Seniors’ Strategy was voted on and passed. As a result, the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development will study the development of a pan-Canadian National Seniors’ Strategy.
To help the committee with its study, I will host a community consultation that will focus on four themes:
1) Affordable and accessible housing for seniors;
2) Income security for vulnerable seniors;
3) Quality of life and well-being for seniors including community programming, social inclusivity and social determinants of health; and
4) Other local issues, including those in our riding.
Your feedback will support the development and implementation of the strategy.
Town Hall on the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis
Before Parliament resumes in September, I and other members the Health Committee, will be tasked with reviewing C-45, an act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts.
The bill has three specific objectives.
1. Create a legal and regulated market for cannabis to take profits out of the hands of criminals and organized crime.
2. Protect public health through strict product requirements for safety and quality.
3. Impose strict serious criminal penalties for those who provide cannabis to young people.
Bill C-45 was created after extensive consultation with law enforcement, health and safety experts, and the hard work of the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation.
Before we hear expert testimony at the Health Committee and begin an in-depth review of the legislation, I want to hear from you. On August 29, I will host a town hall to discuss the legislation and its objectives and to hear your thoughts.