Budget 2017 A Let-Down for Canadian Seniors

March 22, 2017

Ottawa, ON – Today, Mark Warawa, Member of Parliament for Langley—Aldergrove, issued the following statement in response to Budget 2017:

“Canadians were hoping for a better outcome from the budget tabled today by the Trudeau government. We are at a crossroads in our nation’s history. For the first time, the number of seniors in Canada exceeds the number of youth. Right now, one in six Canadians is a senior. In 12 short years that number will be one in four.

“Budget 2017 is hiking taxes and making life more expensive for Canadians; it should have introduced tax measures that would have helped make life more affordable for those living on a fixed income. Instead, we have a budget with out of control spending, massive debt, and job-killing tax increases,” stated Warawa.

Warawa made note of several features in the Budget that will hurt Canadian seniors, including:

  • Scrapping the Public Transit Tax Credit
  • Eliminating the Family Caregiver Tax Credit
  • The Prime Minister’s refusal to appoint a Minister for Seniors

“Budget 2017 contained little more than buzz-words and repackaged ideas. Catch-all policies with the word “senior” stamped on them are not enough to address the very real needs of our aging population.

“Why are Canadian seniors being ignored by the Prime Minister?” Warawa concluded.