NEW DEMOCRATS INTRODUCE BILL TO PROTECT SENIORS
March 15th, 2012 - 3:28pm
OTTAWA – NDP MP Laurin Liu (Rivière-des-Milles-Îles) has tabled a bill that would automatically register all Canadian seniors for the Guaranteed Income Supplement. She was joined by Seniors Critic Irene Mathyssen (London–Fanshawe), Deputy Seniors Critic Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe (Pierrefonds–Dollard), and Danis Prud’homme, Executive Director of the FADOQ.
The GIS provides additional benefits to low-income Canadians seniors. Currently, people who are eligible must apply to receive these benefits. However, due to many administrative obstacles, it is estimated that some 135,000 GIS-eligible seniors don’t receive any benefits.
“This bill will correct a serious injustice to the most vulnerable seniors,” said Liu. “The federal government is unjustly depriving many seniors of significant income owed to them under the GIS.”
Irene Mathyssen criticized the Conservatives for not doing enough to protect low-income seniors. “The government is saving money on the backs of vulnerable seniors by refusing to address this loophole in our old age security system. That’s unacceptable,” Mathyssen said.
“We’re urging the Conservatives to support our bill and relax the administrative requirements in order to provide the best service possible to our seniors,” concluded Blanchette-Lamothe.