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Question Period Senator Jane Cordy December 12th, 2014

Hon. Jane Cordy: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. On November 6, I raised an issue regarding Grace Davidson, an elderly woman living in Alberta who found herself in a dire situation with finding care for her disabled son Tim, who is living with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis and requires full-time care.

As I mentioned in my question on November 6, the Davidsons have experienced a series of unfortunate events, leaving their son without full-time care since May of this year. They are in a desperate way. Mrs. Davidson has been forced to fill in as best she can with her son's care. She is 75 years old and has recently gone through cancer treatments and is having a prolonged recovery period.

In the course of caring for her son, Mrs. Davidson has injured her rotator cuff and has the beginnings of a frozen shoulder. She has also injured her ribs and her sternum from lifting her son in and out of bed and manoeuvring his wheelchair. You can understand the desperate nature of the Davidsons' situation.

Senator Carignan, on November 6 you said you would discuss this special case with Minister Kenney. I haven't received a delayed response, nor has Mrs. Davidson in her inquiries to the minister's office. It has been over a month since I raised the issue. I wonder if you have heard from the minister since that time.

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