Last week I was pleased to participate in a recent debate in the House of Commons on another important issue: the support we give to our Seniors. Seniors are falling behind, and many have suffered tremendously under COVID-19, whether it be health-related, emotionally or financially. Not one day goes by without a Senior calling my office to ask for help or just needing to talk to someone. The Bloc Member for Shefford, Quebec, introduced an important Motion into the House of Commons. The Motion reads as follows:
That the House: (a) recognize that the elderly were most directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; (b) recall that too many of the elderly live in a financially precarious position; (c) acknowledge the collective debt that we owe to those who built Quebec and Canada; and (d) ask the government, in the next budget, to increase the Old Age Security benefit by $110 a month for those aged 65 and more.
It was a straight-forward Motion without any partisan or difficult-to-support language. On February 25th I was pleased to be able to participate in the debate surrounding it.
When this Motion came to a vote on March 8th, every MP from the Conservatives, the NDP, the Bloc Quebecois and the Green Party supported it. Only three backbench Liberals voted in favour. Just who were the Liberals who oppose giving Seniors an extra $110 for OAS per month? Seniors Minister Deb Schulte, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Seniors across Canada are very disappointed by this government.