Thank you, Mr. Easter. I'm here on behalf of the National Association of Federal Retirees.
Secure retirements, strong health care, and a national seniors strategy are the best ways to help seniors and their families.
On retirement security, I urge the government to scrap Bill C-27. This bill would introduce a new type of pension plan, known as target benefit pensions, while taking away retirement security, and killing off good, defined benefit plans that people have worked for, paid for, and that bring benefits back to local and national economies.
For budget 2018, I believe the federal government should lead a national seniors strategy that includes a national plan for palliative and end-of-life care, better pharmacare for seniors, and a plan for continuing to tackle infrastructure investments for age-friendly communities and universal design standards.
The government should appoint a minister responsible for seniors to make sure public policy decisions are always viewed through a seniors lens.