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Posted January 4, 2018 by jim young in Lifestyle

“Oh! What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!” – Sir Walter Scott

The first sentence of this meme is not entirely untrue, (it was actually $0.57 cents but who’s counting pennies?)

As reported by newswire.ca.
“OAS benefits, which consist of the basic OAS pension, The Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) and the Allowances, will increase by 0.1 percent for the first quarter of 2016 (January to March). As of January 1, 2016, the basic OAS pension will increase from $569.95 to $570.52 per month.)”

Allowing for the 2 cent discrepancy, the first sentence of this meme is not entirely untrue.

However it leaves out this very important factor in the equation of OAS increases.
“OAS benefits are also based on the CPI, but are reviewed quarterly (in January, April, July and October) and revised as required to reflect increases in the cost of living as measured by the CPI. Although OAS and CPP benefits are not indexed at the same time, they are both adjusted with the cost of living over a given year.”

In fact, in addition to the aforementioned increase of $0.57 cents last January, my wife received 2 much larger increases throughout the year from her OAS.

And EVERY ONE of the over 5 million senior citizens who pay attention to their monthly OAS income can confirm they did as well.

So when the very first fact presented in any position is an obvious attempt to mislead the reader, I tend to distrust the rest of the information provided.

Especially when there is also an attempt to compare apples to oranges in a blatant attempt to distort the facts.

$0.55 or even $0.57 cents sounds pretty minuscule when compared to entire budgets presented as “5 billion” dollars and “20 billion” dollars without knowing that Canada spent 49 billion dollars in 2016 on senior citizens in OAS alone.

So is it fair to suggest then that the Canadian government is prioritizing those two programs over its senior citizens? Certainly not if your only qualification for measurement is based strictly on a dollar value.

I could tell you future projections for OAS has been estimated by some to increase to a whopping 247 billion dollars by 2060 but that too is probably a figure that is taken out of context for sensationalism in the same way the numbers in this meme have.

Are the rest of the claims in this meme true? They are certainly suspect. But it doesn’t really matter.

The main message here was a false and deceitful attempt to demonstrate “the Canadian Government cares more about other issues than it does its Senior Citizens”.

I believe most Canadians are smart enough to see through obvious attempts attempts to mislead and sway an unsuspecting public.

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