Federal Budget - Option consommateurs asks government to protect the purchasing power of consumers



    OTTAWA, Jan. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Option consommateurs, the Montreal-based
consumer rights organisation will be presenting their recommendations for the
federal budget to Conservative James Rajotte at his invitation on Parliament
Hill today.
    In their submission Option consommateurs will call on the government to
protect the purchasing power of consumers by allocating three billion dollars
in income stabilising measures as part of a larger economic stimulus package.
"The government needs to protect the purchasing power of consumers especially
that of the vulnerable" said Anu Bose, Head of the Ottawa office of Option
consommateurs.
    The organisation wants to see the GST credit doubled, an increase in the
GIS for seniors and a rise in benefits and extension of the benefit period for
EI. "In a recession Canadians is money in their pockets so that they can go
out and spend and so boost demand". US experience has shown that consumers
prefer to either pay down debts or bolster their savings with tax rebates.
"Targeted government spending is the only way to halt economic decline" she
continued.
    The organization intends to meet with representatives of the Official
Opposition and the other opposition parties in the days leading up to the
federal budget to ensure that all the parties are aware of the needs of
consumers during the current recession.

    Option consommateurs is a Montreal-based not-for-profit association whose
mission is to promote and defend the rights and interests of consumers and
ensure that they are respected. It was founded in 1983. Option consommateurs
is involved in over thirty class-action suits. It has developed a special
expertise in energy, agrifoods, financial services and commercial practices.




For further information:

For further information: The Option consommateurs representative will be
unavailable to answer media calls between 1300 and 1400 hrs. Anu Bose PhD,
Head of Ottawa Office, Option Consommateurs, (613) 244-2111, Cell.: (613)
293-6828, www.option-consommateurs.org


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