FREDERICTON – Justin Trudeau promises to do more to increase the incomes of the elderly, widows and widowers.
He says a re-elected liberal government would increase the security of old age by a further 10% once a senior turns 75 and will increase the benefits for survivors of the Canada Pension Plan by 25%.
Trudeau made the announcement in a bowling club in Fredericton, a ride that liberals picked up in 2015 as part of their sweep in the Atlantic provinces.
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"Our parents worked so hard and sacrificed so much to give us a good life," said Trudeau.
"Once they retire they shouldn't worry that their savings run out."
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Survivor benefits would see a $ 2,080 increase, while OAS increases mean $ 729 more for seniors each year. It would take effect in July 2020 and would be indexed to keep up with inflation.
Liberals say the OSA increase will cost $ 1.63 billion by 2020-21, rising to $ 2.56 billion in 2023-24.
Trudeau spends most of the day in New Brunswick before moving to Nova Scotia for an election event this evening.