Mr. Speaker, today marks the one year anniversary of the report of the task force on disability issues, chaired so ably by my colleague, the hon. member for Fredericton—York—Sunbury, our solicitor general.
At the one year mark this government has much to be proud of. The Minister of Human Resources Development is providing leadership through the ministerial council on social policy renewal. He is replacing the VRDP program and has introduced the opportunities fund to help Canadians with disabilities integrate into the economic life of their communities.
The Minister of Finance has expanded the medical expense tax credit and supplement that recognize the cost of disability.
The Minister of Justice has tabled amendments to ensure that Canadians with disabilities have greater and more equitable access to the justice system.
The minister of revenue has established an advisory committee of persons with disabilities to help ensure that the Income Tax Act is applied fairly.
This government has acted on priority recommendations from the task force and I am confident that the government will continue to exercise leadership on disability issues.