Mr. Speaker, congratulations.
I would like to address something that I know is of interest to my colleague.
Alzheimer's disease and other dementias are among the most significant and critical health care issues in Canada. We cannot ignore them.
Today, 500,000 Canadians suffer from some form of dementia. The impact on those who have the illness and their families is profound, as is the cost to society of $15 billion today and $153 billion in 30 years.
Why does the federal investment in programs, research, and income support and assistance pale in comparison to the health, economic and social impacts of this devastating disease?