Un­happy with pen­sion cheque ad­just­ments

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS -

Gov­ern­ment works in mys­te­ri­ous ways.

On July 20, I reached in­side the road­side mail­box and came out with three iden­ti­cal gov­ern­ment letters ad­dressed to my wife, my mother and my­self. We live in the same house­hold and all carry the same postal ad­dress. My ques­tion is why not send our gov­ern­ment in­for­ma­tion mailed in one en­ve­lope. Wouldn't this save taxpayers dol­lars?

While open­ing each let­ter we were shocked to find out that start­ing in July my wife and I will be re­ceiv­ing a 14-cent raise in our pen­sion cheques. For a Cana­dian cou­ple mar­ried for 49 years and on a gov­ern­ment pen­sion for the past five years, the 28 cents ex­tra per month re­ceived be­comes an in­sult when com­pared to in­creases in our cost of liv­ing.

My wife and I must ad­mit that we fared out well com­pared to the low blow that my 98-year-old mother re­ceived in her gov­ern­ment let­ter. Yes, we bowed our heads in shame when we read the let­ter say­ing that her July monthly cheque would con­tain a de­duc­tion in the amount of 34 cents.

Is our coun­try this poor to even think of do­ing this to a hu­man be­ing or is our gov­ern­ment spend­ing too much money abroad and un­able to help its own Cana­dian cit­i­zens?

Letters like these have en­tered many Cana­dian house­holds re­cently so I’m sure we are not alone feel­ing shocked, in­sulted and shamed. Clarence Landry St. Peter’s

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