Gerry Rogers says 6-cent increase for seniors not enough
Government spending to help many vulnerable people, Kevin O'Brien says
Six cents a day is not enough of an increase in the provincial seniors' benefit to help seniors in Newfoundland and Labrador, NDP MHA Gerry Rogers says.
"Government is going to praise itself for increasing the senior's benefit this year by $25 a year. That works out to roughly six cents a day," Rogers said in question period Wednesday.
"The same amount the dole was in the Dominion of Newfoundland in the 1930s."
Government spending to help people
Advanced Education and Skills Minister Kevin O'Brien said government is always looking for ways to help seniors, but it has also been spending to help other people.
"We're providing funding for earned income supplement projects for single parents on income support. We've increased the mother-baby nutrition supplement," said O'Brien.
"And we're increased the subsidy rates for children. That's not the seniors, but that's to the most vulnerable people in this province."
O'Brien added that government also has increased health benefits for people on income support.
Rogers said that has not been good enough for seniors.
Is six cents a day the best she can do?- NDP MHA Gerry Rogers
"Food banks say this year more seniors are coming for help," said Rogers.
"Mr. Speaker, I ask the minister, is six cents a day the best she can do for the 40,000 seniors living in poverty in Newfoundland and Labrador?"
In response, Health Minister Susan Sullivan said the government has been spending a lot of money to help seniors.