The Liberal government’s throne speech made it clear that Ottawa has no intention of curbing spending, which is why Réseau FADOQ cannot understand why no new measures were announced to provide permanent financial assistance for seniors and increase health transfers.
“When will Old Age Security (OAS) be increased? What about income security benefits? Or people receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), who are among the most vulnerable members of our society? And why is the Trudeau government turning a blind eye to the fact that the provinces need help to cover the rising cost of healthcare?” Réseau FADOQ chair Gisèle Tassé-Goodman wants to know.
The nation’s largest seniors’ organization has long urged Ottawa to and factor population aging into its calculations.
“We’ve got to ensure that the provinces have sufficient health resources. Federal transfers must increase to expand access to care. It’s a matter of necessity,” said Ms. Tassé-Goodman.
As for the Trudeau government’s stated commitment to increase Old Age Security benefits for seniors age 75 and over, Réseau FADOQ is quick to point out that it’s not the first time the Prime Minister has dangled such promises.
“During the election campaign, the government promised a 10% increase. Will we finally see the Liberals make good on their pledge after keeping so many seniors waiting for so long?” asked Ms. Tassé-Goodman.
On another note, Réseau FADOQ applauds the government’s plan to amend the Criminal Code by introducing new provisions on elder abuse and neglect. It’s a win for Réseau FADOQ, which has been calling for criminal penalties to put an end to mistreatment in the health and social services sector.