NDP, SENIORS OPPOSE CUTS TO OLD AGE SECURITY
February 1st, 2012 - 1:09pm
Nycole Turmel and seniors’ groups discuss the Conservatives’ reckless plan
Val-d’Or – New Democrat Leader Nycole Turmel met with representatives from the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) to discuss how seniors will be affected by the proposed cuts to Old Age Security (OAS) and to identify ways to oppose it.
“Seniors simply can’t trust this government,” said Turmel. “At a time when 250,000 seniors are living in poverty, Stephen Harper wants to make it more difficult for them to retire with dignity. That’s just plain wrong.”
“Mr. Harper didn’t say a word about OAS during the last election and didn’t bother to consult with anyone,” Turmel said. “Instead, he dropped this bombshell at a meeting with the world’s elite in Davos. New Democrats do things differently—we want to know what seniors think.”
Turmel also plans to meet with other seniors groups, such as the National Pensioners and Senior Citizens Federation. She met with the Fédération des aînées et des aînés francophones du Canada in the fall.
A motion will be introduced by MP Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe on February 2 in the House of Commons, calling on the House to reject the Prime Minister’s bid to balance the Conservative deficit on the backs of Canadian seniors.
“The Conservatives dished out a whopping $1.4 billion in corporate tax cuts last year, and now they say there’s no money left for pensions?” asked Saganash. “They’ve got their priorities wrong, and seniors are going to pay the price.”