National Seniors Day – Statement by the Leader of the Liberal Party

The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on National Seniors Day:

“On National Seniors Day, we celebrate the people who have made Canada the place we know and love. Parents and grandparents, neighbours and friends – Canada’s seniors built this country, and their hard work and vision continue to lift our communities up. Whether it’s helping neighbours in need, or being there for us in the tough moments, seniors make Canada stronger every day.

Seniors have spent a lifetime helping others, and deserve to enjoy their golden years in comfort and dignity. Over the last four years, our Liberal government took action to make that a reality for seniors across Canada.

After the Harper government announced they would raise the age of eligibility for Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement to 67, we brought it back down to 65. We strengthened the Canada Pension Plan. And for the most vulnerable seniors, we boosted the Guaranteed Income Supplement – because no one, of any age, should have to worry about making ends meet.

We also invested in home care, and created the Canada Caregiver Credit to provide simpler and better support for people taking care of a loved one. And with a new Minister of Seniors, we are making sure the perspectives and needs of older Canadians are front and centre.

We know there is still more to do so that all seniors enjoy the secure retirement they deserve. Last month, we announced that a re-elected Liberal government will increase Old Age Security by an extra ten per cent at the age of 75, and will boost the Canada Pension Plan survivor’s benefit by 25 per cent. These changes will help lift thousands of seniors out of poverty, and support people after they have lost a loved one.

Together, let’s choose forward, and keep working to make life better for people of every age, from coast to coast to coast. Today, let’s celebrate the seniors in our lives, and thank them for all that they have done, and all that they continue to do.”