Terry Beech told an audience at the Voices of Burnaby Seniors all-candidates meeting that a Liberal government would add $720 million in investments to seniors programs.
“Canadians deserve a secure and dignified retirement after a lifetime of hard work. Today, when a hard working Canadian retires at age 65, the average benefit under the CPP is only $618 per month; this is not enough, yet Stephen Harper rejects calls to enhance the Canada Pension Plan.” Terry said.
Voices of Burnaby Seniors, a large and very active organization, drew a crowd of more than 100 to the meeting. As Terry pointed out, “Mike Little (the Conservative candidate in Burnaby North – Seymour) didn’t even show up to meet you to defend the cuts Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have made over the last ten years.” “He can’t defend the Conservative decision to raise the eligibility for Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement from 65 to 67.”
“We have a comprehensive plan. First and foremost, we will not cut pension income splitting for seniors.” Terry emphasized. The Liberal program adds more than $720 million to support seniors programs to provide Canadians with a more secure retirement:
•••Restoring the eligibility age for Old Age Security and the Guaranteed
Income Supplement to 65, putting an average of $13,000 annually into the
pockets of the lowest income Canadians as they become seniors.
•••Increasing the Guaranteed Income Supplement for single, lower income
seniors by ten percent, providing up to an additional $920 per year for
Canada’s lowest income seniors.
•••Developing a new measure for the cost of living faced by seniors: the
Seniors Price Index. OAS and GIS will be indexed to this new, more
accurate, and more generous measure.
•••Introducing a more flexible and accessible Employment Insurance
Compassionate Care Benefit so that six months of benefits are available to
those who are providing care to a seriously ill family member, rather than
only those caring for a loved one at risk of death.
•••Including, as part of a Liberal government’s commitment to a new, ten-
year investment of nearly $20 billion in social infrastructure, significant new
investment in affordable housing and seniors’ facilities.