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TORONTO—One of the first things the Trudeau government failed to do after winning the 2015 election was to appoint a new minister for seniors. Former prime minister Stephen Harper had created a minister of state for seniors in 2008, but millennial-focused Justin Trudeau in 2015 decided the post wasn’t needed. Now, barely a year before the next federal election, Prime Minister Trudeau has decided we do need a minister for seniors after all, and has appointed Filomena Tassi

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Poverty, health care problems will challenge new Seniors Minister Tassi

By David Crane      

Canada's aging society will pressure the new minister to find better solutions for housing, health care, and post-retirement income for seniors, writes David Crane.

Filomena Tassi was named the Trudeau government's first Seniors minister in the July 18 cabinet shuffle, moving up from her previous role as deputy government whip. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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