Oct 26, 2021
By Christine Ross
The former federal minister for Seniors is undergoing a stem cell transplant tomorrow to treat non-Hodgkins’s lymphoma.
Deb Schulte believes the procedure will give her a good chance at a long remission.
The 61-year-old was diagnosed in 2019 and finished her sixth round of chemotherapy in the middle of that year’s federal election campaign.
Days before another election call in August, Schulte shared news that the cancer had returned in a more aggressive form and she would seek treatment again.
Schulte lost the last election to Conservative Anna Roberts in the riding of King-Vaughan.
Like many during the pandemic, the former Minister’s mother-in-law was placed in long term care where she struggled with isolation. She died months after being admitted.
On her term as Minister of Seniors, Schulte says she’s most proud of securing emergency COVID aid of up to $500 for seniors and a10 per cent boost in Old Age Security for pensioners 75 or older starting in 2022. Older seniors also received a taxable, one-time payment of $500 in August.