Parties scramble to court seniors’ vote in advance of election

A tax credit for families who take care of sick or elderly relatives should be made refundable as a means to help poorer households, Canada’s major opposition parties said Monday.

The $2,058 Family Caregiver Tax Credit, introduced in 2011, doesn’t currently refund a family if the tax owed is less than the credits used. A political alliance of the country’s largest senior organizations has called on the federal government to provide more financial help for caregivers.

During a news conference held by the alliance and attended by several MPs Monday afternoon, the NDP and Liberals offered a refundable tax credit

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