While the increase in the consumer price index (CPI) reached peaks in 18 years, or nearly 5% in 12 months, Fernande Donaldson decided to denounce the precarious financial situation in which she finds herself by writing a letter to the Premier of Quebec, François Legault.
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At 84, she is independent and lives alone in her home. With barely $ 1900 a month, she can no longer make ends meet.
“It’s been a long time that the elderly have been crying and asking for help,” Donaldson told TVA Nouvelles on Wednesday. The CAQ is the first Quebec government to announce that it will take care of the elderly, so it is time to do so. ”
Fernande Donaldson, however, earns more than many people aged 65 and over. According to the Fédération de l’Age d’Or du Québec (FADOQ), more than 30% currently receive only Old Age Security benefits and the Guaranteed Income Supplement. This equates to an annual income of just over $ 19,000, which is below the poverty line.
“You just have to go to the grocery store to find out what is wrong with us. When the middle of the month comes, I just have money for milk, bread and a few things so it’s really poverty, ”said Mrs. Donaldson.