In Canada, we are lucky to have a world class health care and pension system. These institutions make the transition to retirement and old age comfortable.
A challenge facing societies around the world is changing demographics and the burden it places on these institutions of care and support. As people live longer, we must be sure that our health care and pension systems are up to the task.
Burlington is home to many families and retirees. Time and time again, the people I’ve met with over the past year have expressed their concerns about saving for retirement, the cost of medications, and caring for ageing parents and loved ones.
I find it unacceptable that during the first three few years of this Liberal government’s tenure, there was no minister for Seniors. This shows just how out of touch that party is with important trends in our society. We are going to make the health and well-being of Canadians a top priority.
Andrew Scheer has promised that he will maintain and increase the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) and the Canada Social Transfer (CST) by at least 3% per year, has committed to increasing the Guaranteed Income Supplement for seniors, and plans to invest in modern CT and MRI equipment to reduce wait times in our health care system.
As usual, the Liberals have proposed a grandiose plan for pharmacare that is completely unaffordable.
We understand that our pharmacare coverage works well for those who have it through employee-sponsored plans. That’s why our plan will focus on those who need it.
Rather than force manufacturers to accept prices lower than cost for new and life-saving drugs, we want to work with them so that Canadians have greater access to the best care.
Lastly, families who care for their loved ones need to have the resources at their disposal to make the best long-term care arrangements as possible. That is why we will remove income tax from parental benefits and make life more affordable for families.
As Conservatives, we understand the importance of care and well-being through all stages of life. We want to make it easier for Canadians to make the right decisions for themselves and their loved ones.