By MP Colin Carrie
As we gradually move away from the hardships imposed on the world in 2020, the path back to a life of relative normalcy is finally coming into focus. While provincial and municipal governments continue the process of protecting our most vulnerable, it is critical that our elected representatives in Ottawa ensure that the federal government is doing its job so this pandemic and the corresponding economic fallout can be managed efficiently and effectively. As always, the best interests of Oshawa residents will be my top priority as I work for you in Ottawa. Now, more than one year after the official declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic, it is time for those charged with decision-making power to begin looking to the post-COVID-19 era and the challenges we will face as a country in the aftermath of this crisis.
Undoubtedly, seniors are among those that have been most affected since the very beginning. Many seniors in Oshawa have been forced to forego seeing family throughout the crisis, and to make matters worse, have been left behind by the federal government. In response, my parliamentary colleagues tabled a motion in the House of Commons on March 8th that recommended to the government an increase in Old Age Security (OAS) benefits by $110 per month. I was proud to vote in favour of the motion, along with my fellow Conservative colleagues. Even though all of my Liberal colleagues voted against the increase, I hope to see the federal government implement this recommendation in the next federal budget so that our seniors can afford the ever-increasing cost of living as we move past COVID-19.
The timely delivery of vaccines to the provinces could be the key to finally defeating COVID-19. Yet, because of various decision-making errors on the part of the federal government, Canadians have been forced to see allies such as the United Kingdom, United States, and Israel vaccinating their populations at a rate far beyond our own. My colleagues and I will continue to hold the federal government accountable to ensure they work in the best interests of all Canadians – especially seniors. Putting Canadians before partisanship, especially amidst a public health crisis, is important for all elected Members of Parliament.
As always, my team and I are here to help with any federal issues you may have. If you are having problems with the Canada Pension Plan, Guaranteed Income Supplement, or any other federal government-related programs and challenges, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office for assistance. We are here to help.