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2) Changing the level of support for seniors

The Prime Minister already announced — in Davos, Switzerland — that there would be changes to Old Age Security (OAS) payments, but refused for months to give detail about their plans. The budget and bill C-38 confirms what was rumored — that the age of eligibility for OAS would be raised from 65 to 67, in an effort to keep it sustainable, according to the Conservatives. Though the Parliamentary Budget Officer has numbers that indicate the OAS is in no danger of becoming unsustainable at current levels, and many seniors in Canada live under the poverty line with this change making it more difficult to feed themselves and pay their heating bills.

Of course, this particular change doesn’t come into effect until 2023, and who knows who will be in government by then? We know that Prime Minister Harper doesn’t believe that current governments should be held to decisions made by previous governments.

3) Create changes to Employment Insurance because “The only bad job is not having a job.”

The Harper Conservatives have a long history of attacking employment insurance —  Finance Minister Jim Flaherty saying that he had worked driving a taxi to pay his way through law school (as though that means it should be easy for every adult Canadian to do the most menial task to put food on the table and pay their mortgage), and Human Resources Minister Diane Finley called EI “lucrative.”

This government tends to ignore the fact that to be eligible for EI, you have to have held a job and paid into the program for a certain amount of time.

One might also point out that being a minister in this government has proven to be pretty lucrative for some.

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8:27PM PDT on May 31, 2012

:s Hopefully he doesn't do anything too crappy

7:04PM PDT on May 31, 2012

Kimberlee, we have to put up with these guys until 2015! Hopefully the Canada I know and love will not be completely dismantled by then. However, the changes Harper is sneaking in will apparently be difficult to reverse.

1:04PM PDT on May 31, 2012

Just curious to my Canadian friends out there - - How long before you can chase this SOB out of office and just how the F*CK did he ever get elected in the first place? Did he sound like this when he was running?
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Curious down here in the States

12:02PM PDT on May 31, 2012

Harper and his REFORM party scumbags are the WORST thing to happen to Canada. Ever. Bar none.

They're out to destroy Canada & what it used to stand for. He's a criminal, traitor and he's doing everything he can to destroy the best things about this country, all the while, promoting the worst.

The guy isn't a PM. He's a threat the likes of which we've never had up here before.

8:27AM PDT on May 31, 2012

Good luck Canada.

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