Over the last eight months I have been knocking on doors meeting with the constituents of Kildonan-St. Paul and the biggest concern I am hearing at the doorstep from our senior population is their concern about making ends meet.
Seniors worry that while the cost of living is increasing their income is stagnating.
They worry about the high cost of prescription drugs and what will happen as they get older when their use of those drugs will increase. They worry about the cost of assisted living and nursing homes and how they’ve become a home of last resort for many.
Employment and Social Development Canada reports that between 1976 and 2011, the median income form OAS/GIS remained relatively steady at around $6,400 per year (2011 constant dollars), while CPP increased to $7,000 per year. I ask you, could you live on an annual income of $13,400.00.
The Harper Conservatives have neglected this retirement reality for years and have even made it worse by changing the eligibility age for Old Age Security to 67 from age 65.
Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada are committed to reversing Mr. Harper’s eligibility changes to OAS back to age 65.
Further the Liberals are committed to working with the Premiers to reform CPP so that Canadians can enjoy the retirement they have earned and deserve.
In the upcoming federal election, join us in standing up for our Seniors, because looking out for one another isn’t just something Canadians do, it’s who we are.
Kildonan – St. Paul