I would like to thank Alan Wait of Grand Forks (Jan. 3 letter, MP’s Mailout ‘Totally Wrong’) for pointing out an error in a mail-out I sent to constituents which criticized the Harper government for only raising the Old Age Security (OAS) payments “by a measly $1.50 a year.”
After verifying the numbers on the government’s website, I would like to make this clarification – on July 1, 2010, (following a two-year freeze at $516.96/month) a government news release announced an OAS basic rate increase to $518.51/month, a difference of $1.55 per month.
I would like to assure your readers that this was a clerical error made by our party communications, which has since been corrected, and was in no way intended to mislead my constituents.
MP Alex Atamanenko
BC Southern Interior