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A promising start: improving health and well-being of Canadian children and youth

By Sara L. Austin and Emily Gruenwoldt      

Now is the time to put the interests of children first and take much needed action to advance Canada’s international standing with respect to child health and well-being.

NDP MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach, who represents Salaberry-Suroit, Que., aims to move the needle for Canada’s children through the establishment of a federal commissioner for children and youth. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Bill C-441, an Act Respecting the Office of the Commissioner for Young Persons in Canada, marks a promising start in the effort to make Canada a world-leading country for kids. A private member’s bill tabled on April 9 by NDP MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach, who represents Salaberry-Suroit, Que., aims to move the needle for Canada’s children through the establishment of a federal commissioner for children and youth. Members of Children’s Healthcare Canada and many champions of Children First Canada support this initiative. This bill responds to the numerous recommendations from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child for the Canadian government to establish an independent children’s commissioner.

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