Is there any transparency in this part of our Government to protect us from arbitrary treatment? Can you require them to reveal to you the method and criteria of how they calculate how much each one of us gets?
Thanks for raising this issue. Our federal government seems to be operating
on a divide-and-conquer basis with our old age pensions. I've been asking friends
like yourself, who are already receiving OAS about what they receive, and
everyone seems to be getting different amounts.
I know of one Marmora area lumpen (lifetime unemployed, never worked so received no CPP, etc.) who was receiving $1,350 a month, about $16,200 a year.
After 40 years of working, volunteering in my local communities and in the
national literary community, and after finally chasing down a Services Canada
person I learned I'm going to receive UNDER $1K a month total government
support. According to the person this is because I cashed too many RSPs last
year ($15K - wow!). Also I received just under $400 a month CPP - because
I WORKED - and somehow the fact that I've been self-sufficient counts against
me in the calculations of Services Canada re OAS.
It's sad and pitiful that seniors who have contributed for a lifetime to
Canada are expected to live on what we're told will be around $16.5K
a year - but when we don't even receive that impoverished amount, well
- IT JUST AN'T RIGHT!
I won't receive the letter telling me of this decision for another month
(I applied for GAINS on May 1), so I can't begin the appeal process until
then. But there are huge broader issues here than just one small town poet
getting f*cked over. From what I'm learning the pension issue is systemic -
basically EVERYONE is getting f*cked over if we're only entitled to $16 -17
a year, and some of use are getting even more f*cked over than others.
A sadder thought - above I compared my pension to that of a lumpen - but
compared to Senator Pamela Wallin's WEEKLY expense account, my $12K
a year is chump change. Now that's a comparison!