CONSERVATIVES MUST REVERSE DECISION TO CUT OAS

NDP calls on House once again to reject changes announced in budget

OTTAWA – New Democrat Pensions Critic Irene Mathyssen tabled a motion in the House of Commons today condemning the Conservatives’ plan to raise the age of eligibility for Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement from 65 to 67.

Mathyssen explained that raising the age of eligibility would have serious consequences on seniors who count on OAS and GIS as their only source of income.

“By changing the age of eligibility to these programs, the Conservatives will lead more seniors into poverty. All efforts to reduce seniors’ poverty will be wiped out. Our seniors must be able to retire with dignity. They shouldn’t have to pay for the bad choices of the Conservatives,” Mathyssen said.

The NDP says raising the age of eligibility makes no sense given the fact that the program is sustainable in the long-term. Many experts, including the Parliamentary Budget Officer, believe it could even be increased.

“The Conservatives’ argument that the program isn’t sustainable in the long-term does not hold water. This is about choosing priorities. The government can choose to invest in F-35 fighter jets which don’t meet our needs, or they can choose to invest in the retirement security of our seniors. The smart investment is with our seniors,” Mathyssen said.

Here is the wording of the motion, which will be debated Thursday:

“That this House reject the Government’s plan to raise the age of eligibility for Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement from 65 to 67 years even though the current system is financially sustainable.”

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For more information, please contact:

Youssef Amane, Caucus Press Secretary, 613-222-6993 or youssef.amane@parl.gc.ca