A new Minister of Seniors for Canada
On July 18, 2018, slightly more than a year from the next election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made his largest cabinet shuffle. He used the opportunity to create a Minister of Seniors and appointed Filomena Tassi to the position. This MP from Ontario has a long history of volunteer experience in her community. Minister Tassi was born and raised in Hamilton. After practising law for six years, she took some time to raise her children. She later became a high school chaplain at a Catholic school. Elected in 2015 as a Liberal MP, she served as Deputy Government Whip from 2017 to 2018.
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is thrilled to see one of its key recommendations come to fruition by adding a voice within the Cabinet to address the issue of the aging of the population.
“Today, the government has taken a positive step towards improving the lives of seniors, their families and Canadians,” stated Dr. Laurent Marcoux, President of the CMA, in a press release. "We look forward to working with Minister Tassi to ensure that programs and services are developed to address the needs of our aging population."