CARP LOOKS FOR A FEDERAL BUDGET FRIENDLY TO OLDER CANADIANS

Mar 19, 2019

By Jane Brown

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It’s budget day in Ottawa as the SNC Lavalin controversy continues to be a distraction.

We are hearing that there will be something in this budget for older Canadians, and as CARP’s Laura Tamblyn Watts points out, it’s about time.

“Frankly this government has done almost nothing on the seniors’ file for three years,” Tamblyn Watts exclaimed.

In his pre-budget comments, Finance Minister Bill Morneau specifically singled out millennials and seniors as groups that will benefit from budget measures.

Announcements on housing and skills are expected to benefit younger Canadians.

Seniors advocates, including CARP – A New Vision of Aging – say they would like to see private pension protection measures, improved support for low-income seniors and policies to reduce the cost of prescription drugs, among other possible announcements.

And this all makes sense, since Baby boomers and millennials are the two large generations that will shape the outcome of the fall federal election.

Listen for comprehensive coverage on the budget after it comes down at 4pm on Zoomer Radio/Classical FM News.

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