NDP Statement on National Senior's Day
October 1st, 2014 - 10:49am
The Official Opposition’s Critic for Seniors, Irene Mathyssen (London – Fanshawe), made the following statement to mark National Seniors’ Day:
“On National Seniors’ Day, we honour the women and men who built this country. Canada’s seniors made incredible sacrifices to defend our values and worked to create the institutions and services we all benefit from. Many seniors continue to give back to their communities by dedicating countless hours to volunteer work in their communities.
After working hard their whole lives, Canadian seniors deserve to spend their golden years in dignity and security. But the Conservatives have blocked efforts to boost Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Quebec Pension Plan (QPP) benefits, putting the well-being of many seniors in jeopardy.
New Democrats understand the importance of taking steps today to ensure that no senior will grow old in poverty and isolation. We are the only party with a national seniors’ strategy designed to boost seniors’ financial security and improve their quality of life. The NDP will continue working to ensure that Canadian seniors can retire in dignity.”