Minister Tony Clement moves to improve children's health by appointing Dr. Kellie Leitch as new Advisor

    OTTAWA, March 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's New Government took another step
today to improve and protect the health of children when Health Minister Tony
Clement appointed Dr. Khristinn Kellie Leitch as his Advisor on Healthy
Children and Youth.
    "I am very pleased that Dr. Leitch has agreed to take on this role," said
Minister Clement. "Her appointment is an important step forward as Canada's
New Government works to address children's health issues."
    Dr. Leitch is Chair of Paediatric Surgery at the Children's Hospital of
Western Ontario/Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry; Assistant Dean at
the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry; and Co-director of the Health
Sector MBA program at the Ivey School of Business, University of Western
Ontario. She also recently chaired the Expert Panel for the Children's Fitness
Tax Credit for the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance.
    Dr. Leitch will examine the health issues facing Canada's children and
youth and will provide Minister Clement with advice on what actions the Health
Portfolio can take to best contribute to enhancing their health.
    As part of her mandate, Dr. Leitch will meet with stakeholders from
across the country as well as provincial and territorial governments to form
recommendations as to key federal priorities and opportunities in the domain
of children and youth health.
    "I welcome the challenge Minister Clement has given me," said Dr. Leitch.
"I look forward to the upcoming discussions and I am confident they will
contribute to better health for young Canadians."
    Dr. Leitch will present her recommendations to Minister Clement by July
    A biography of Dr. Leitch and additional information on the health of
children and youth can be found on Health Canada's Web site.   

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For further information: Media Enquiries: Carole Saindon, Health Canada,
(613) 957-1588; Erik Waddell, Office of the Honourable Tony Clement, Federal
Minister of Health, (613) 957-0200; Public Enquiries: (613) 957-2991, 1-866
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