Last night, hundreds of Canadians gathered in Toronto to celebrate the Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien’s 50 years of public service. How many politicians can make such a claim? It is not his longevity alone that is worth celebrating; Mr. Chrétien’s contribution to Canada's history, the legacy that he left behind, is extraordinary by any measure.
As Canada’s Minister of Justice, he negotiated a then-controversial Charter of Rights and Freedoms with provinces, territories, and with federal opposition parties. In this role, he demonstrated profound skills of leadership, of compromise, and of finding common ground. Today, that Charter is the gold standard by which many countries gauge a democratic balance between legislation and the rights of the people against arbitrary whims of governments.
OTTAWA, ON - Liberal Health Critic, Hedy Fry, issued the following statement today on the G8 Health Ministers’ meeting on dementia:
“At the G8 Health Ministers’ meeting, dementia is on the agenda. It is a pity that Canada is one of the few G8 nations without a Dementia Strategy. This is why in our 2011 platform the Liberal Party of Canada laid out a clear, comprehensive Dementia Strategy.
“Our plan had several components:
Awareness, Education and Prevention to support families and combat social stigma of dementia.
Research with $100 million targeting new treatments and...