OTTAWA – Tired by lack of action from the Conservatives since 2006, Canada’s Official Opposition New Democrats undertook extensive consultations with seniors and stakeholders to build a National Aging Strategy. Today, that strategy was released to a round table of stakeholders.
“Canada’s growing population of seniors built a society of prosperity, generosity, and sound public institutions,” said NDP Seniors critic Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe). “But instead of supporting our seniors, Stephen Harper raised the age of eligibility for Old Age Security, the Guaranteed Income Supplement, and cut the services they rely on.”
The NDP has already promised to roll-back OAS eligibility to 65 years in 2015 and expand the Canada Pension Plan and the Québec Pension Plan. Today’s National Strategy on Aging lays out a comprehensive approach to not only boost financial security for seniors, but increase their quality of life too.
“After working hard their whole lives, seniors deserve financial security and quality public services,” said NDP deputy critic for Social Development, Sadia Groguhé (Saint-Lambert). “The federal government should be working with the provinces, national stakeholders and all who advocate on behalf of seniors to create a national strategy that provides dignity and security for all seniors in their retirement.”
To read more about the NDP’s plan visit: www.ndp.ca/aging-in-canada