June 1, 1993 (34th Parliament, 3rd Session)

PC

Barbara Jane (Bobbie) Sparrow (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Progressive Conservative

Mrs. Barbara Sparrow (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of National Health and Welfare):

Madam Speaker, we are not attacking what he called the pensions of senior citizens.
Dealing specifically with the old age assistance program certainly there is an area at $50,000 to $52,000 where a portion is taxed back. That is only using common sense when dealing with fiscal constraints. Those people most in need are receiving the funding.
Now if the hon. member is reviewing the area of the Canada Pension Plan, under law that is totally self-sufficient. We are not cutting back at all. In the legislation that co-ordinates the provinces and the federal government, we are not cutting back. We are making sure it is solvent.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PENSIONS
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