Seniors across the country were shocked to learn that benefits they rely on such as the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) have been cut because they received pandemic supports like the CERB. New Democrats are calling on the Liberal government to fix this devastating situation that has left many seniors worried they won’t be able to afford their rent, food and medication. Local NDP MPs Carol Hughes and Charlie Angus are calling on the Liberal government to find an urgent solution.
Last week, New Democrats sent a letter to Ministers for Seniors, National Revenue, and Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion asking for immediate action to address this crisis facing so many seniors.
“I have heard from countless seniors in my riding who are desperately looking for help to fix this situation. Many of them are unsure how they will pay their rent and afford their medication,” said Hughes. “We cannot abandon our most vulnerable seniors. We are urging the Liberals to find an immediate solution.”
In August, the NDP sent a letter to the Liberal government asking them to find an urgent solution to fix the problem they have created for seniors. Instead of taking action to help low-income seniors and support Canadians through a pandemic, Justin Trudeau chose to call an early election for the government’s own political gain.
“Justin Trudeau promised his government would be there to get Canadians through the pandemic. Now he is punishing low-income seniors for taking the supports they needed,” said Angus. “We cannot abandon these seniors who have nowhere to turn. We are calling for immediate action to fix this crisis.”
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