Thank you, Mr. Chair.
As the Bloc Québécois critic for seniors and the status of women, I would like to speak again today about the precarious financial situation of seniors.
In a brief submitted by FADOQ in 2019 to the Standing Committee on the Status of Women, entitled "Challenges Facing Senior Women in Canada", FADOQ discussed the contemporary issues specific to senior women in Canada. Many of them outlive their life partners, have to live with little, have to be family caregivers in an aging population, and more. The current crisis is certainly not helping their situation, and nothing has yet been proposed to help them get through this crisis.
We have been asking the government for several months now to increase the old age pension by $110 per month, to improve the guaranteed income supplement, accessible to all starting at age 65, to suspend the requirement to withdraw a portion of their pension plan investments, to designate private pension plans as preferred creditors and to lower drug prices.
It's not a luxury for these senior women, but a necessity. Doesn't the government agree?
It's high time we took action for our seniors.