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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

May 25, 2016

 

For Immediate Release

 

Liberal Motion and Amendment Both Use Wrong Numbers, Hide Budget’s True Impact on Seniors

 

Paul Davis, Leader of the Official Opposition, said, “A resolution the Ball government brought to the House of Assembly on Wednesday used the wrong numbers, and after admitting the error, they brought a correction that also contained the wrong numbers – but what is even worse is that the resolution claimed the Budget will benefit seniors when in fact the Budget will leave seniors worse off.”

 

In 2013, the PC government (MHA Clayton Forsey) brought a resolution to the House stating: “BE IT RESOLVED THAT this Honourable House supports the Government’s decision to provide the Newfoundland and Labrador Seniors’ Benefit, a refundable tax credit for low-income seniors, which this year is providing some 42,000 seniors in our Province with payments of up to $971, the highest amount ever.” http://www.assembly.nl.ca/business/orderpapers/2013/nov27_2013.htm

 

The Liberal resolution on Wednesday stated: “BE IT RESOLVED that this Honourable House supports the Government's proposal to provide the Newfoundland and Labrador Seniors' Benefit, a refundable tax credit for low-income seniors, which this year is providing some 42,000 seniors in our Province with payments of up to $971, the highest amount ever.” http://www.assembly.nl.ca/business/orderpapers/2016/may25_2016.htm

 

Davis said, “They copied our government’s 2013 resolution, but they used the 2013 numbers instead of the correct ones. We actually increased these amounts under our administration.” The resolution should have used the figures $1,313 and 48,000 from the Budget documents – but the Liberals’ correction used the number 45,000, so their correction was also wrong, removing 3,000 seniors from what was stated in the Liberal budget. http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2016/incomesupplement/Budget%202016%20...

 

Davis said, “The real issue here is that the government is focusing on the Seniors’ Benefit without mentioning the choices they have made that are hurting seniors, such as eliminating the home heating rebate and the HST rebate while imposing a raft of fee and tax increases, including the gas tax, the HST increase, the insurance tax increase, the personal income tax increase, the levy that still affects many, and cuts to long-term care, health care, mental health care, dental care and so forth. This Budget is not good for seniors, and we urge Liberal members to stand with the people of the province in rejecting it.”

 

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Media Contact:

 

Heather MacLean, Director of Communications, Office of the Official Opposition,

 

(709) 729 6105, heathermaclean@gov.nl.ca

 

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