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On January 27, 2012, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said:

“We have already taken steps to limit the growth of our health care spending over that period. We must do the same for our retirement income system. Fortunately, the centerpiece of that system, the Canada Pension Plan, is fully funded, … Read more


Find Savings Elsewhere – No need to attack OAS

  February 2, 2012 -The Prime Minister should calm fears that a major pillar of our social safety net will be attacked. His announcement in Davos that he’s looking for savings that will make our retirement system sustainable has sparked panic that the government might raise the age of eligibility for Old Age Security. It is a surprising turn of … Read more


Despite OAS eligibility shift, record expenditures by 2033: Chief Actuary

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Editor’s Note: On August 29th, 2014 iPolitics published a story about the new Parliamentary Budget Officer’s latest report.  The 12th triennial report of the chief acturay was tabled in the House of Commons in late August.  It states that the expected expenditures on OAS as a percentage of GDP will surpass the record high reached in the 1990s in less … Read more

Posted in CARP in the News, Hands Off OAS, Your Finances

NDP will support a GIS Increase and a Reversal of the OAS Age Eligibility Increase


April 14th, 2013: The NDP  just wrapped up its National Convention in Montreal held at the majestic Palais du Congres.  In his Leader’s speech, Thomas Mulcair made references to universal quality public healthcare,  poverty among seniors and to the OAS changes, saying: “Mr. Harper, you had no problem making that annoucement in Davos, Switzerland, in a room filled with billionaires.  Why … Read more

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Thomas Mulcair Answers CARP’s Questions at Annual General Meeting

Thomas Mulcair

November 2, 2012 –The CARP Annual General Meeting has become a mandatory destination for Canada’s political leaders.  This year was no different, with Thomas Mulcair, leader of the Official Opposition NDP, engaging CARP chairs representing 55 chapters across Canada in a town hall style meeting on the issues that matter most to older Canadians. CARP Chapter Chairs didn’t waste the … Read more

Posted in Hands Off OAS, Top Stories

CARP Advocacy Year in Review 2012: Pushing Back and Pushing Ahead

Susan Eng Head Shot

November 2, 2012 – Elections are important to advocates because politicians have to be seen to be addressing our issues. Keeping governments to their promises is the real challenge after the media cameras are gone. So if 2011 was the year of the election – five provincial ones besides the federal election – 2012 might have been a quiet year … Read more

Posted in 2012 CARP Poll Reports, Hands Off OAS, Your Finances, Your Health, Your Rights

CARP Advocacy Report 2012 at a Glance: The Year in Media


If ever CARP needed effective access to the media, it was in 2012 when the federal government was poised to make a fundamental change to the Old Age Security program and was not brooking any opposition. Luckily, we had already laid the groundwork in our relations with the media.  The success of our communications endeavors crystalized when Susan Eng, CARP’s … Read more

Posted in 2012 CARP Poll Reports, CARP in the News, Hands Off OAS

Tim Harper: NDP looks to tap a powerful vault of votes

Mulcair and CARP fish

OTTAWA—The next federal election remains somewhere over the rainbow and it is a mug’s game to anticipate what might move Canadian voters in 2015. But one issue is already set, and it appears a battle for the hearts of the nation’s most politically engaged, most motivated voters is looming. This article was published by The Toronto Star on October 30th, … Read more

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NDP would restore OAS to 65, says Mulcair


TORONTO — An NDP government would reverse changes to old age security by restoring the retirement age to 65 instead of 67, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair said Friday. The governing Conservatives introduced the changes last spring and they are slated to take effect in 2023. The government says the measures will help ensure the sustainability of the pension system. … Read more

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NDP defends seniors advocacy group from charges of partisan bias

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is being asked to explain why he allowed a Conservative MP to accuse Canada’s largest seniors advocacy group of being a front for Liberal partisans. Paul Calandra, the MP for Oak Ridges-Markham, north of Toronto, slipped into the end of a Commons finance committee meeting this week and spent all of his allotted time accusing Susan … Read more

Posted in Advocacy, CARP in the News, Hands Off OAS

Mulcair’s Letter to CARP about Stephen Harper’s Cuts to Old Age Security

Harper and Mulcair

October 19th 2012: It was just this past winter, at a conference in Davos, Switzerland, Prime Minister Stephen Harper talked about his plans to slash Old Age Security pensions.
  Canadians then waited months to see the details of Mr. Harper’s proposal. When his plan was finally tabled in House of Commons, the cuts were even more devastating than anyone imagined. … Read more

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More health care doesn’t mean better health

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There have been remarkable improvements in life expectancy over the past 100 years. The reasons are many: sanitary drinking water, pasteurized milk, safe sewage disposal, work safety, higher standards of living, better education, and cures or immunizations for many communicable diseases such as smallpox and diphtheria. This article was published by The Globe and Mail on September 4th, 2012.  To … Read more

Posted in Hands Off OAS, Your Health
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