Statement made on 21 October 2010 by Senator Sharon Carstairs (retired)
Hon. Sharon Carstairs:
Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate.
In April 2009, I had the great privilege, on behalf of senators representing all sides of this chamber, to table the final report of the Special Senate Committee on Aging, entitled: Canada's Aging Population: Seizing the Opportunity. I was delighted that just a few sitting days later, the report received the unanimous support of this chamber.
Two recommendations have now received the vigorous endorsement of my leader, Michael Ignatieff. The first is tax relief for caregivers for ailing and aging members of their family.
Since her government has now opposed this concept, can the Leader of the Government in the Senate tell us if she has changed her mind on this important initiative, or is she offside with her government?
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