Parliament for 2013
Richmond Electoral District
On June 7, 2011, Alice Wong answered the following question in Question Period regarding Seniors:
Hon. Judy Sgro (York West, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, after months of talk about the difficulties facing seniors throughout Canada, I am clearly disappointed in budget 2011. The $1.67 a day for the poorest of the poor and non-refundable tax credits just do not cut it.
Given the increases on gas, hydro, food, et cetera, it is making it very difficult for people to cope on a day-to-day basis and stay in their homes. I heard this on the doorsteps in Toronto, but clearly the Conservatives did not.
Where is the vision, the plan to make a difference in the lives of seniors? Do they not deserve better? Are they just going–
The hon. parliamentary secretary.
Hon. Alice Wong (Minister of State (Seniors), CPC):
Mr. Speaker, since this is my first time to rise in the House, I would like to thank the voters of Richmond for voting me back in with 58.4%.
I would like to correct the member on some facts.
With the next phase of the economic action plan we are enhancing the GIS in the new horizons program. We are also ensuring the strength of the retirement income system and introducing a new family caregiver tax credit. In fact, when asked about these measures, CARP’s Vice President of Advocacy said that their members are “happy and thrilled with these issues–
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One Response to “Question Period – June 7, 2011 – Seniors”
Sheila Telford Says:
June 10th, 2011 at 10:20 am
In the Ministers’ constituency, in BC and throughout Canada there are many seniors with British State pensions ( 158,000 in total) which are frozen at the rate they are when first received because they live in Canada . They would not be frozen in the United States. The cost to the Canadian economy runs to over $300,000,000 because of this unjust freezing.
We need to put pressure on the UK Government to show the “fairness” they talk about and unfreeze pensions for anyone with a British State pension resident in Canada.