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Statement made on 26 February 2009 by Senator Dennis Dawson

Hon. Dennis Dawson:

Honourable senators, in the same vein, earlier in the month, on the occasion of the Quebec suicide prevention week, the Government of Quebec, in collaboration with the Association québécoise de prévention du suicide, launched a program specifically aimed at seniors. This new program is a response to the alarming suicide statistics for seniors. In spite of progress made in suicide prevention in recent years, the 50 to 64 and 65 and over age groups were the only ones that did not record a significant decrease in suicide. Given that the dynamics change from group to group, the fight against suicide among seniors requires a special program for this age group.

Can the Minister of State (Seniors) tell this chamber whether the Government of Canada will follow Quebec's lead with a specific plan for the prevention of suicide among seniors? If so, what strategy will the government adopt to solve this serious problem?

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