LONDON – Unbeknownst to possibly even himself, last Friday Conservative MP Dave Van Kesteren (Chatham-Kent-Essex) came out against Stephen Harper’s seniors’ agenda for the five and a half million Canadians over age 65.

While addressing the local Chatham-Kent chapter of CARP, Mr. Van Kesteren laid out rational for reversing course from the current government. Correctly citing the growing number of Canadians relying solely on CPP as their retirement income and using the NDP’s wildly successful Universal Healthcare system as a policy to emulate, Mr. Van Kesteren suggested a universal pension plan that would give Canadians over 65 $24,000 annually.

“I was blown away that Dave was so explicit in the criticism of his party’s seniors’ agenda,” said NDP Seniors critic Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe). 

Mr. Van Kesteren’s dissention comes in contrast to his voting record in Ottawa where he opposed NDP initiatives to increase security for Canada’s seniors on February 2, 2012, April 24, 2012 and December 9, 2013.

“It’s too bad that Dave voted against these practical measures to increase financial security for our seniors,” added Mathyssen. “Fortunately this year’s election will provide Canadians the opportunity to vote for the principled and experienced leadership of Tom Mulcair who will fix the damage done by Stephen Harper and increase security for today’s seniors.”