Low exemption shafts seniors

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Editor:  According to the 2011 figures provided by MP Gail Shea and the federal finance department, the P.E.I. government collected about $548,000 from seniors on P.E.I. who make less than $20,000 a year.

The seniors in this bracket (about 9,700) have to pay the P.E.I. government anywhere from $500 to $800 each year because of the low exemption given to Island seniors.

Mr. Sheridan says no additional exemptions will be given to Islanders for a few years. I think Mr. Sheridan should be given only $20,000 a year to live on and see what his reactions will be when Revenue Canada says he has to pay an additional $600 because P.E.I. needs the money.

The Island Conservatives should make this an election issue, to correct this injustice.

I certainly will change my vote.

Joe Basha,

Mt. Mellick

Organizations: Revenue Canada, Island Conservatives

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