Editor: This is in response to your Saturday, October 5, 2013 issue of the Guardian newspaper. One article in particular refers to an increase of 0.2 percent in the Old Age Pension, raising the amount from $549.89 to $550.99, advancing the payment by $1.10.
Further readings also relate to finances, such as the letter to the editor from Anne Gallant, Kensington, and another article, a letter to Mr. Sheridan from Andrew Jack of New Dominion. It is quite apparent that people are concerned that the relative increase in revenue for politicians in no way relates to the monies they pass out to seniors.
This seems to be any politician as the same inferences could be made in either provincial or federal cases. In the latter instance a letter was received in July that the GIS would be increased $2.01 this year over last. This, together with the aforementioned OAP increase makes a grand total of $37.32. per annum.
I could go on in a similar vein, but my primary concern is that these increases in senior's amounts is well below the increase in the prices of various goods and services particularly with the HST.
When governments consider their budgets it seems things just go from bad to worse. Then we hear about the Senate debacle and see the amount of funding both incurred and being spent on the investigation. (In a private company these individuals would have been axed with no further stipend or pension).
I thank you for this opportunity to vent my thoughts.