On the one hand, it's so sorry, seniors!
Broad increases to seniors benefits such as the GIS or Old Age Security (OAS) are not on the drawing board however, Ablonczy said.OAS benefits are increasing at negligible rates.
That's because poverty among seniors has declined dramatically in the past 20 years, and because raising the GIS or OAS is very expensive.
"It's an issue that has a lot of fiscal consequences at a time when, as you know, fiscal resources are under strain."
But on the other hand, it's hello, military!
Department of National Defence officials are preparing for an announcement next Friday on a new fighter aircraft, a project estimated to cost $16 billion.A clear illustration of the priorities these Conservatives have and the conflicting messages they're sending.
Sources say since the purchase and its price tag are seen as potentially controversial, the government planned the announcement when Parliament wasn't sitting and public interest would be at its lowest because of summer holidays.
Maybe Liberals should consider proposing a rise in OAS benefits and a re-assessment of such Conservative choices. You know, in case that old election rolls around in the next 6 months or so. I don't know if it's a "Zero helicopter, Chretien" moment, but this could be something to look at. Why we need 65 elite "Cadillac" fighter jets at the moment, instead of say 25, or 15, or a gradual phase-in, or none at the moment given that our current fleet of CF-18s just received almost $3 billion in spending, is a question to consider.
P.S. Consider use of "Tory" above as a one-off, just due to the old slogan. They are not Tory. They are now Conservative and there is a big difference.