The Dementia Justice Society of Canada welcomes the recent passage of M-106 in the House of Commons. The private members' motion, introduced by MP Marc Serré, calls on the federal government to ask the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities to study how best to develop and implement a National Seniors Strategy.
MP Serré submitted the motion in December 2016, and after debate, it was passed in the House on May 17, 2017.
While it is time for action not more study, the passage of M-106 is welcome news for Canadians. During his remarks on Wednesday, MP Serré referenced the Canadian Medical Association's Demand a Plan campaign, in which 55,000 Canadians are asking the government to create a national seniors strategy. He also noted that in the two days leading up to this week's debate, he had received over 1,200 emails from Canadians asking about the establishment of such a strategy. M-106 is a step in the right direction.
Dementia Justice looks forward to working with the federal government and other stakeholders on the development and implementation of Canada's national seniors strategy.
Text of M-106
Hansard (May 17, 2017)
About Dementia Justice
Dementia Justice is a federally incorporated non-profit society dedicated to advancing the rights, needs and dignity of people with dementia who are, or are at risk of becoming, involved with the criminal justice system. It strives to achieve its objectives through public advocacy, awareness-raising, education and research.