OTTAWA — Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party and MP for Saanich–Gulf Islands and Bruce Hyer, MP for Thunder Bay-Superior North and Deputy Leader of the party are expressing their support for Canadian seniors on the International Day of Older Persons.
“Canada is an aging society – By 2030, almost one in four Canadians will be over age 65. It should go without saying that all Canadians deserve a comfortable, secure and dignified retirement, yet for far too many people, that dream remains out of reach,” May said.
“That’s why Green MPs are working every day to implement a Guaranteed Livable Income, to make our tax system fairer, and to introduce a national pharmacare program to reduce the burden of prescription drug costs,” May said.
“Carbon Fee and Dividend will go a long way to reducing seniors’ poverty. It will provide all Canadians with a basic income and will cut Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions at the same time,” Hyer said.
“Seniors issues affect each and every Canadian. Seniors in Northwestern Ontario and across Canada are facing major obstacles, including inadequate funding for healthcare and long-term care, vulnerable pensions, and shrinking income supports,” Hyer said.
“International Day of Older Persons is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of our elders, and to express our profound gratitude for their contributions to our society. It is also a time to reflect on how we can do more to support older persons in our communities,” May said.