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May 23, 2015
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TFSA Changes will Benefit Those with Modest Incomes, Not just the Rich
Recent doubling of the TFSAs has received mixed reviews but our analysis shows critics have made poor arguments


The recent doubling of the TFSA announced in the federal budget has received mixed responses from the public and other political parties. Many welcome the news of having more tax-free room to help them save, while others criticize that it disproportionately benefits those who are wealthy. Going beyond the rhetoric, CARP analyzed the evidence and the numbers to see what they really revealed, and the analysis revealed many more people with modest incomes benefit from the TFSAs than those who are wealthy. Read more

Making Pooled Registered Pension Plans Work for Ontarians
PRPPs should require mandatory enrolment and employer contributions


On April 28, Susan Eng, VP of Advocacy at CARP presented before the Ontario Government Standing Committee on Social Policy concerning Bill 57, an Act to create a framework for Pooled Registered Pension Plans (PRPPs).During the presentation, Eng expressed how PRPPs could help Canadians save for retirement if PRPPs are designed to resemble closely key features of the Canadian Pension Plan (CPP).Read more

CARPís BC Chapter meets with Minister Rona Ambrose
BC Chapter Chairs receive Minister and Give Presentation


Minister Rona Ambrose met with the Surrey Board of Trade in British Columbia on April 23, 2015, to meet with small businesses in the region, and CARPís White Rock-Surrey Chapter was also in attendance to voice CARPís position and response to the federal budget that was tabled earlier in the week. Read more





Driving Older, and Driving Wiser
Carol in your Corner


One of the most frequent irritations for CARP members is the apparent prejudice against senior drivers. Governments rely on statistics which purport to show that there is an increase in serious accidents as people age. CARP has explored this issue in depth over the years and we have found that advancing age has very little correlation to accident rate. Read more

Carolís Corner
My Best Friend


Her Ďrealí name was Dorothy, but only school teachers called her that. The story was that when she was an infant that was the sound she consistently made, so Twidge she became. To verify if such a word existed anywhere, I asked Google, which came up with ďwidgetĒ while Spellcheck offered ďtwingeĒ. Therefore I am safe in declaring that the name, and the owner of the name were, indeed, unique. Read more

The Skinny on Shinny
The Middle-Aged Guide to Growing Up


Iím a Boomer, and the Captain of my heart growing up was Yvan Cournoyer, small, speedy, uncouth and unconventional. This is the time of year when life becomes all about two things that are important to me; hockey (the Stanley Cup) and sailing (my boat goes in the water). Read more





CARP Post Budget Poll Report
What did members think of the latest federal budget?


CARP members are equally likely to think the federal budget is good for older Canadians or not good for them. They personally appreciate the changes to TFSAs and RRIFs, but they recognize many Canadians will not benefit from these changes. They see the budget as an electoral political document, but would have liked it much better if it had included health care reform and CPP expansion. Read more





CARP Survey Shows Mixed Response to Budget Measures
News outlets rely on the CARP Poll to assess older Canadians' response to new policies


As L. Ian MacDonald highlighted in a column for iPolitics on Sunday, there was no shortage of senior-targeted moves in Economic Action Plan 2015, including new withdrawal rates for Registered Retirement Income Funds, the Home Accessibility Tax Credit, and the doubling of the TFSA contribution limit. But CARPís results show the Harper governmentís 2012 decision to raise the age of eligibility for Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement benefits hasnít been forgotten, either. Read more

Canadians support increasing CPP benefits
A new Nanos survey conducted for The Globe and Mail confirms CARP poll findings


Canadians strongly support the Conservative governmentís move to raise the contribution limits for Tax Free Savings Accounts, but expanding the Canada Pension Plan would be an even more popular move. Read more

Alberta Election Results make CPP increase more likely
CPP still the ballot issue for older Canadians despite welcomed TFSA, RRIF changes


CARP members, while enthusiastic about Budget measures clearly aimed at them, say they are not enough to get their vote unless the CPP is increased, along with healthcare reform and pharmacare. The Alberta election results make it more likely that a consensus of provinces to increase the CPP can be achieved. Read more

Seniors Vote Callout to all Parties in the Alberta Election
Healthcare and Seniors Poverty Ballot issues for Older Canadians


Seniors Vote/ Le Vote Des AÓnťs is calling on all parties in the Alberta election to commit to act on healthcare reform and retirement security Ė issues that would resonate with Albertaís 450,000 seniors. With the polls predicting a tight election race, the parties should be asking what are the ballot questions for Albertaís 450,000 seniors. Seniors Vote/Le Vote des AÓnťs offers the party leaders some answers -including equitable access to home care and prescription medication and measures to prevent seniorsí poverty and to help Canadians of all ages save for their retirement. Read more

Trudeau risks alienating seniors while wooing the middle class
A good summary of the Liberal offerings and their shortcomings


The Liberal proposal isnít the ticket to Sussex Drive they may have hoped. In throwing money at two important voting groups, theyíve reduced their ability to cozy up to others. Liberal strategists must have spend many hours calculating whether they would create enough winners with Mondayís offering to offset the losers they would be creating Ė and upsetting Ė at the same time. Foremost among these may be seniors. There are a lot of seniors in Canada. Not only do they tend to be well-versed and attentive when it comes to politics, but they turn out to vote in large numbers. Read more

Seniors win big in federal budget
Op-Ed takes a critical look at the new budget plan - says we should be tackling the most pressing healthcare issues


Letís start with the obvious. Seniors were the big winners in the Conservative budget, a.k.a. Economic Action Plan 2015. Gone are the days when a budget from government held any real surprises. Now governments are prone to leak the details from their own budgets in advance of budget day: to wit it was no secret that the budget would contain provisions that would allow people to take less out of their Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) and to put more into their Tax Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs). Read more

Angry seniors demand answers about nursing home fee changes
CARP's Fredericton Chapter organizes meeting and demands that Minister addresses seniors' concerns


The minister responsible for nursing homes in the province met with more than 100 angry seniors in Fredericton on Friday to answer questions about controversial changes to how nursing home fees are calculated. Starting in the fall, the cap that limits what seniors pay to $113 per day will be removed for those whom the government deems can afford to pay.Read more

How the Federal Budget Will Affect You
CARP Reviews the Federal Budget


The Federal Budget 2015 was tabled on Tuesday, April 21 by Finance Minister Joe Oliver, and CARP was on Parliament Hill to see what the budget contained for aging Canadians. The Federal Budget included several items geared towards aging Canadians that would help provide for their own retirement, expand supports for informal caregivers, and provide relief to seniors and people with disabilities in need of renovating their home to make their home more safe and accessible. CARP advocated for action on all of these major issues and got what we demanded. Read more

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CARP Election Issues Poll
1. The next federal election is scheduled for no later than October 19, 2015. Will you vote in this election?

Yes

No

DONíT KNOW

2. The last federal election was held on May 2, 2011. Did you vote in this election?

Yes

No

3. Overall, regardless of the party you would vote for, which of the federal leaders would make the best Prime Minister?

Stephen Harper

Justin Trudeau

Tom Mulcair

Elizabeth May

None of these

DONíT KNOW

4. Do you approve or disapprove of Stephen Harper?

Approve strongly

Approve

Disapprove

Disapprove strongly

DONíT KNOW

5. Do you approve or disapprove of Justin Trudeau?

Approve strongly

Approve

Disapprove

Disapprove strongly

DONíT KNOW

6. Do you approve or disapprove of Tom Mulcair?

Approve strongly

Approve

Disapprove

Disapprove strongly

DONíT KNOW

7. Do you approve or disapprove of Elizabeth May?

Approve strongly

Approve

Disapprove

Disapprove strongly

DONíT KNOW

8. Which of the federal parties is the best at listening to the concerns of older Canadians, and acting on their behalf?

Conservatives

Liberals

New Democrats

Greens

None of them

DONíT KNOW

9. Which of the federal parties is most interested in getting elected, rather than doing whatís best for Canadians?

Conservatives

Liberals

New Democrats

Greens

None of them

DONíT KNOW

10. Which federal party has the best, broadest vision for the Canada we want to create?

Conservatives

Liberals

New Democrats

Greens

None of them

DONíT KNOW

11. Which of the following issues do you want candidates to discuss on your doorstep in the 2015 election?

Repeal age limit change for OAS

Expanding CPP

Home care and long term care

National pharmacare plan

Better dementia care

End-of-life care

Elder abuse

Senior poverty

Affordable housing

OTHER/DONíT KNOW

12. Which of the following do you see as the most important role the federal government plays in Canada?

Headwaiter to the provinces

Equal partner with the provinces

The primary governing authority in the country

Defense, Foreign Affairs, taxation and not much more

Leader and promoter of the National Dream

To govern Canada for all Canadians

To promote economic development and commerce

To fund and guarantee health care standards

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

13. Have you become more politically engaged since the last election or less politically engaged?

More engaged, I support the government

Less engaged, even though I support the government

No change, I support the government

More engaged, I donít support the government

Less engaged, even though I donít support the government

No change, I donít support the government

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

14. We have had recent elections in Ontario, PEI, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Alberta. What effect have these provincial elections had on the federal electoral landscape?

Other parties elected/bad omen for federal government

Other party victories good for government/pull it to the centre

Good for federal government/voters like a provincial/federal party split

Sensitized citizens to important issues for the federal election

Created ďelection fatigueĒ which will drive down turnout

Created ďelection feverĒ which will drive up turnout

Train numerous volunteers/improve election readiness

OTHER

NO EFFECT

DONíT KNOW

15. Why do you think younger Canadians under 35 are not as politically engaged as older Canadians?

Politicians donít respond to/tailor programs for them

Little sense of civic duty

Donít believe their vote makes a difference

Voting is learned behavior/donít have experience yet

Canít be bothered

Turned off by the vitriol and insincerity

Lack of civics education in schools nowadays

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

16. How democratically governed a country is Canada compared to other leading first world countries like the US, the UK, France and Germany?

Much more democratic

Somewhat more democratic

About the same as these countries

Somewhat less democratic

Much less democratic

DONíT KNOW

17. Has Canada become more democratically governed, less democratically governed or has it not changed in the past 5 years?

Become more democratically governed

Become less democratically governed

No change

DONíT KNOW

18. Which one promise, if made by a politician you were not planning to vote for, could make you change your vote to vote for that politician?

Return age for OAS to 65 from 67

Expand CPP

Create a national pharmacare program

Create a national home/palliative/chronic/dementia care strategy

A Guaranteed Annual Minimum Income for all

Restore Canada Post door-to-door delivery

NONE OF THESE

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

19. Do you watch or listen to the debates during an election campaign?

Yes, always

Yes, sometimes

No, not very often

No, not at all

20. Does the performance a politician delivers in a debate have an impact on your voting decision?

Great impact

Some impact

Little impact

No impact

DONíT KNOW

21. Has your vote ever been changed because of a debate you saw or heard?

Yes

No

22. Which one factor determines your vote more than any other in an election?

The party/the party I usually vote for

The candidate/like/know the candidate

The leader/support the leader/make a good PM

The platform/promises/policy

The campaign/speeches/ads/debates

Time for a change

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

23. If a federal election were held tomorrow, which partyís candidate would you support?

Conservative

Liberal

NDP

Green Party

Bloc Quebecois

OTHER

UNDECIDED

24. If a federal election were held tomorrow, which party would you expect to win?

Conservative

Liberal

NDP

Green Party

Bloc Quebecois

OTHER

UNDECIDED

25. Where do you live?

Newfoundland Nova Scotia

PEI

New Brunswick

Quebec

Ontario

Manitoba

Saskatchewan

Alberta

BC/Territories

26. What is your gender?

Male

Female

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