Ontario Government Back’s Down On Huge Seniors Drug Costs Hike

“The Liberal government got the message—it’s time we stop taking more money out of the pockets of seniors.” – Niagara, Ontario MPP Wayne Gates

News from the Office of Niagara Falls Riding MPP Wayne Gates

Posted April 4th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

Queen’s Park, Toronto – Ontario NDP MPP for Niagara Falls, Wayne Gates was happy to see that the Liberal government has officially backtracked on their initial decision to raise senior’s annual drug benefit deductible to $170 after immense pressure from opposition parties and concerned community members.

Niagara Falls, Ontario MPP Wayne Gates

Niagara Falls, Ontario MPP Wayne Gates

“We proved that when we organize, when we pull together our voices as a collective community—we can produce real results,” stated Gates. “I’m very happy to see the government step back from this decision.”

Since the initial announcement by the Liberal government increase senior’s drug costs in 2016 budget, MPP Gates along with his NDP caucus colleagues circulated a petition calling for a reversal of the decision. Gates spent hours knocking on doors across the Niagara Region speaking with residents about this ill-advised decision to unnecessarily raise the cost of living for over a million seniors in Ontario.

“The Liberal government got the message—it’s time we stop taking more money out of the pockets of seniors,” stated Gates. “But I need to stress this isn’t over. The government has only paused this policy decision, so it’s important we keep the pressure on and ensure the government understands how unfair this is for seniors.”

“Seniors made my community great and they deserve better.”

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