Will the Government Fix the CPP Tribunal Backlog?

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, a social worker from my riding, who works with CPP tribunals, came to me with very disturbing news.

She told me that since the Conservatives restructured the appeal system, new hearings are not being booked. The previous backlog was already at 7,400 cases. People are not being helped. A crisis is brewing for vulnerable Canadians.

Does the minister have any plans to fix this so elderly and low income Canadians will no longer be left to suffer, and left to wait?

Mr. Scott Armstrong (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment and Social Development, CPC): Mr. Speaker, we have made changes to CPP to help make sure that the retirement program is there when Canadians retire.