I know that many people are very worried about what is happening to the benefits that ensure their retirement security. There are many seniors in our community who are living below the poverty line. They depend on Old Age Security (OAS) and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) to provide for their basic necessities.
Old Age Security payments are a key priority for me and my federal NDP colleagues. I am very proud of the fact that the NDP has made substantive and affordable proposals to reform the OAS and the GIS. We see these as a part of the basic foundation of what quality of life is about in Canada, and what human dignity means in this country. It is shameful that the Conservative government would suggest setting up a new private pension plan while proposing significant cuts to public plans, which could jeopardize millions of Canadians’ retirement security.
If you share these concerns, I invite you to sign and circulate our petition, and send it back to me. Tell Stephen Harper that all Canadians deserve to be able to retire with comfort and dignity, not fear and uncertainty.