On Tuesday, Member of Parliament (MP) Rosemarie Falk was appointed the Shadow Minister for Seniors by Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) leader Erin O’Toole.
“I’m honoured that the leader and the team would think of me in this capacity,” stated Falk, the Battlefords – Lloydminster MP.
Falk previously served as Deputy Shadow Minister for Families, Children and Social Development and Status of Women in the 42nd Canadian Parliament.
Falk stated she had no expectation to be apart of the Shadow Cabinet.
“I was completely taken back but also so honoured to be able to serve my leader in this capacity, but also serve Canadians and seniors.”
With her new position, MP Falk mentioned she will be looking to hold the Liberal government accountable.
She wants to make sure the current federal government follows through with promises made for the elderly.
Getting boots on the ground, communicating, and asking questions are a few of Falk’s first steps to standing up for elders.
Seniors make up for approximately 15 per cent of Canada’s population making it the largest growing demographic in the country.
“First and foremost I want to hear where they’re at. I want to meet with stakeholder groups and seniors themselves and hear how a Conservative government in waiting can make life a little bit easier for them,” said Falk.
Now that she is jumping into her new role, Falk will not only be getting some direction from O’Toole, but from the previous Shadow Minister as well, Alice Wong.
Wong initiated Motion 203 which recognizes the effect fraud has on seniors.
Motion 203 passed through the House of Commons in May 2019.
After speaking with Wong, Falk mentioned she is excited to stand for Canadians as well as learn every day to help elders.
“We’re just ready to get to work,” stated Falk.
O’Toole announced the Shadow Cabinet with Lakeland MP Shannon Stubbs appointed as well as the critic for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
Previous CPC leader, Andrew Scheer, was also named the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Communities.