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September 4, 2015
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CARP Supports Increase to GIS and Reversal of OAS Eligibility Age Announced by Thomas Mulcair in Toronto
Mulcair promises to boost guaranteed income supplement for seniors


Tom Mulcair was in Toronto on Monday where he promised an NDP government would boost the guaranteed income supplement to help Canadaís most vulnerable seniors. ďOur commitment once fully phased in over the next four years will see a $400-million annual increase to the GIS program,Ē said Mulcair, calling it an important first step to lifting 200,000 seniors out of poverty. Read more

Document Raises Questions About Federal Governmentís Retirement Policies
Federal government's own internal analysis reveals that Canada scores poorly on pensions when compared to other developed countries


Canada scores poorly among developed countries in providing public pensions to seniors, according to an internal analysis of retirement income by the federal government... A heavily censored copy of the internal document was obtained by CBC News under the Access to Information Act.The review acknowledges that Canada trails most developed countries in providing public pensions, and is poised to perform even worse in future... Read more





Campaigns and Champagne
The Middle-Aged Guide to Growing Up


Iím a Boomer, and the first election I remember was Diefenbaker winning his final victory (a minority) in June of 1962 when I was 8. Thatís just the first in a lifetime of election campaigns, some spent as an observer, some as just a voter, some as a volunteer and some as a paid professional. There are a couple of rules Iíve observed over the course of the last few campaigns Iíve polled. Iíll share them here... Read more

Dispatch from Chautauqua
Carolís Corner


I write this on one of the state-of-the art computers in the Smith Memorial Library in Ė you guessed it Ė Chautauqua, New York... Art and Politics was the theme of my second week. Among the featured speakers was Ava De Vernay, the director of the film Selma, which tells the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, during the three-month campaign in 1965, to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition in Alabama... Read more

Youth as Caregivers
Carol IN YOUR Corner


They care for siblings, parents or grandparents, and many of them are too young to have a driverís licence or vote. They are called Young Carers, and they are vital to the health and well-being of their ďpatientsĒ. But sometimes they, themselves, need help... Read more





A Profile of the CARP Membership
The CARP Poll Report


Members who answered the poll joined CARP, on average, 10 years ago, for the advocacy, not the benefits, and renew because of the advocacy, not the benefits. Members who might not renew cite cost and value as reasons, but the vast majority are likely to renew and will recommend to family or friends. Read more





Susan Eng on 'Pensioner Power': Investigative Documentary
Video preview available


Presenting a special preview from the investigative documentary Pensioner Power that premiered on Vision TV Monday, August 31, 2015 at 10:00 pm ET/ 7pm PT. In this excerpt, CARP VP of Advocacy Susan Eng, and documentary filmmaker Martin Himel discuss the possibility and implications of having a Pensionersí Party and a proportional representation system in Canada. Read more

CARP responds to the Forum poll results on ORPP support
Listen to the audio clip of Susan Eng & Dale Goldhawk's latest interview


Listen to Susan Eng's interview with Dale Goldhawk on Goldhawk Fights Back. Susan and Dale discussed the recent forum poll on Ontario Registered Retirement Plan support. The interview originally aired on August 18, 2015 and you can listen to the entire segment by reading more!

Susan Eng on CPACís Canadian Healthcare Reform Documentary
There is a need for political leadership to adopt a long-term vision when it comes to healthcare


Susan Eng was featured as a commentator on a documentary produced by CPAC exploring the healthcare-related challenges facing the next federal government. The areas covered included: the rising price of drugs, the ability of aging baby boomers to cope with health care costs and the transitory nature of policy making's impact on the healthcare system. Read more

Nova Scotia Chapter Chair, Bill VanGorder comments on the role of federal government in healthcare, says more needs to be done
Canadian Medical Association meets in Halifax; calls for federal involvement


The Canadian Medical Association says Ottawa has to get more involved in health care for senior citizens. Five hundred doctors from across Canada were in Halifax this week for the groupís national meeting. On Monday, they called for a national strategy to deal with the unprecedented demographic shift that Canada is facing. Bill VanGorder, with the Canadian Association of Retired Persons, agrees with the CMAís conclusionsÖ ďNot enough is being done on the federal level,Ē he said. ďThere are no national supports for better senior care.Ē Read more

Bill VanGorder speaks about seniorsí issues in the upcoming federal election
Audio Clip


On Thursday August 20th, 2015, Bill VanGorder, Chapter Chair of CARP Nova Scotia appeared on the The Sheldon MacLeod Show to discuss the aging populationís role in upcoming elections. Read more




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Ontario Releases New Phase of ORPP
CARP has consistently advocated for an ORPP modelled on our proposed Universal Pension Plan (UPP) and will continue to call for such a plan


Last week, Ontarioís ministry of finance announced new additions to its proposed Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP). Pending legislative approval, the provincial government would aim to enroll every employee in Ontario in the ORPP or a comparable workplace pension plan by 2020. Enrolment in the ORPP is expected to occur in four ďwaves,Ē detailed below... Read more

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CARP Political Poll
1. How likely are you to vote in the federal election on October 19?

Absolutely certain barring an unforeseen emergency

Certain

Extremely likely

Very likely

Somewhat likely

Not very likely

Not at all likely

DONíT KNOW

2. Which partyís candidate will you support in the election?

Conservative

Liberal NDP

Green Party

Bloc Quebecois

OTHER

UNDECIDED

3. Which party do you expect to win?

Conservative

Liberal

NDP

Green Party

Bloc Quebecois

OTHER

UNDECIDED

4. Regardless of which party you plan to vote for, which leader would make the best Prime Minister?

Stephen Harper

Tom Mulcair

Justin Trudeau

Elizabeth May

Gilles Duceppe

None of these

DONíT KNOW

5. Which party would be your second choice?

Conservative

Liberal

NDP

Green Party

Bloc Quebecois

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

6. And which party would you never vote for?

Conservative

Liberal

NDP

Green Party

Bloc Quebecois

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

7. Will you be voting for a party you believe in, or will you be voting for the party you think has the best chance of winning?

Party I believe in

Party that can win

Neither

DONíT KNOW

8. Which one factor determines more than any other who you will vote for?

Vote for the party I always vote for

Vote for the best leader

Vote for the best platform/policies

Vote for the best candidate in my riding

Vote for the party best able to beat another party

Vote for change

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

9. Which of the three main federal parties has the best platform for older Canadians?

Conservative

Liberal

NDP

DONíT KNOW

10. Which of the three main federal parties is the most transparent and accountable?

Conservative

Liberal

NDP

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

11. Which of the three main federal parties shows the best leadership?

Conservative

Liberal

NDP

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

12. Which of the three main federal parties do you think will do the most to improve retirement security in Canada?

Conservative

Liberal

NDP

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

13. Which of the three main federal parties do you think will do the most to improve access, quality, and affordability of health care in Canada?

Conservative

Liberal

NDP

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

14. Do you agree or disagree that Canada Pension Plan (CPP) contributions and benefits should be increased?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DONíT KNOW

15. There are two general plans from the main federal parties for CPP enhancement. The Liberals and NDP are in favour of a mandatory increase, and the Conservatives propose allowing individuals to make voluntary personal contributions. Which of these do you prefer?

Mandatory - employer and employee contribute

Voluntary - employees can contribute as they like

NEITHER

DONíT AGREE CPP NEEDS ENHANCEMENT

DONíT KNOW

16. How would you describe employer pension contributions?

A payroll tax

A personal savings plan

Retirement insurance

Something else

DONíT KNOW

17. The federal election campaign is now 11 weeks long, whereas it used to be 5 weeks long. Do you approve or disapprove of this?

Approve strongly

Approve

Disapprove

Disapprove strongly

DONíT KNOW

18. Conservative leader Stephen Harper has refused to take part in the traditional broadcast consortium debates by CBC, CTV and GLOBAL. Instead, he has accepted only debates from less mainstream organizations of his choosing. Do you approve or disapprove of this?

Approve strongly

Approve

Disapprove

Disapprove strongly

DONíT KNOW

19. Why do you think Mr. Harper is doing this?

TV networks are biased

PM wants to talk directly to supporters

PM is avoiding public scrutiny

PM just wants to keep opponents off balance

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

20. NDP leader Tom Mulcair has refused to take part in any debate that Conservative leader Stephen Harper does not attend, resulting in the cancellation of some planned debates and limiting the number of occasions in which voters can hear from him in a broadcast debate. Do you approve or disapprove of this?

Approve strongly

Approve

Disapprove

Disapprove strongly

DONíT KNOW

21. Why do you think Mr. Mulcair is doing this?

Needs to appear prime ministerial by only debating the PM

Afraid May and Trudeau are superior debaters to PM

Wants to control his image in anticipation of victory

It is a front-runnerís tactic to avoid debates

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

22. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has not made a general declaration about which debates he will participate in and so voters do not know when they will next hear from him in a broadcast debate. Do you approve or disapprove of this?

Approve strongly

Approve

Disapprove

Disapprove strongly

DONíT KNOW

23. Why do you think Mr. Trudeau is doing this?

Wants to remain as flexible as possible

Wants to let PM and Mulcair cancel debates so onus is not on him

Will agree only to debates the PM takes part in

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

24. Where do you live?

Newfoundland

Nova Scotia

PEI

New Brunswick

Quebec

Ontario

Manitoba

Saskatchewan

Alberta

BC/Territories

25. What is your gender?

Male

Female

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