The NDP fought to protect seniors and to ensure that they can retire with dignity by introducing a motion that called on the Conservatives not to raise the age of eligibility for Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement.
Unfortunately, for the second time, the Conservatives refused to support an NDP motion on Old Age Security. This proves that seniors are far from being a priority for them.
The Conservatives refused to listen to reason and the expert opinion, including the Parliamentary Budget Officer, who confirmed that this program is sustainable in the long term.
Raising the age of eligibility for Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement from 65 to 67 will have serious consequences on seniors. More seniors will fall into poverty and clearly the most vulnerable people will be the hardest hit.
The NDP will continue to fight to ensure our seniors aren’t plunged into poverty as a result of the Conservatives’ bad choices. Instead of investing in F-35 fighter jets that don’t meet our needs, the government should choose our seniors. The choice is clear, and the NDP will continue its efforts to fight against the Conservatives and help our seniors retire with dignity.