How will low income people survive?
The bickering on Parliament Hill is all about tax breaks for big corporations. I think this is fine, but there has to be a tax break for the consumers as well. How will the average to lower income people survive?
This is good for investment, putting our people back to work. However, let’s not forget, Canadians who are paying high taxes have to live too. They should not have to live in fear and frustration, being worried if they will be able to pay their rent and hydro bill. There are many families who are feeling devasted because the bread winner of the family lost their job. The bills roll in and the cost of living is still skyrocketing.
This is a matter that politicians know about, but hide from the media that ask questions which they have no answers to because they have put senior citizens on the backburners as people who are growing old and need less attention, as they are retired and have money.
Believe it or not, the only politician concerned about the senior citizens of this country is Jack Layton of the New Demo- cratic Party. You can huff and hum about his leadership qualities, but this man has people at heart, not the votes in the ballot boxes which have no human depth when it comes to the poor quality of life many seniors have today. You cannot compare the people of this country who had good jobs and work pension benefits, to the person who worked all his life for a company who might’ve given him or her a gold watch upon retirement if they were lucky.
The female senior citizens who stayed at home and raised their children get a small supplement from the Canada Pension Plan, which is only peanuts because they did not pay into it. They receive the Canada Old Age Security which also gives them very little to live on.
I really think that people should pick very carefully the politician in their riding who really cares about them. Today, the knock on your door and a promise to represent you well upon Parliament Hill is a mere style of political nonsense, with no real plans to help people who really need it.
The pounding of fists, attack ads, dirt slinging, with that “ vote for me” attitude is an inner sense of greed for power, with promises that gather dust as politicians continue to battle their indifferences and forget about the people they represent. They don’t need to explain their absence; the Internet access will do just that for them. Really, they don’t even have to come knocking on your doors anymore.
Economic growth is our way of livelihood that everyone should benefit from and not just the chosen few. The people have to live with dignity, be able to feed their family and provide the basic necessities of life. They should not have to choose between their rent and fuel in order to have enough money to put food on their tables or to buy medications which they need for a specific kind of illness. The future looks real scary for people who are on fixed incomes, the senior citizens of our own communities who are our neighbours, friends, parents and grandparents
Frank Blackwood Richmond Hill, Ontario