Jul 17, 2015
By Bob Komsic
Premier Kathleen Wynne admits it’ll make the job harder but vows to proceed without Ottawa’s help.
She’s responding to the Harper government’s refusal to help administer a Made-in-Ontario pension plan the Wynne government’s looking to roll-out in 2017.
Federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver warns, in a letter, the plan would take money from workers and their families, kill jobs and hurt the economy.
The premier says she cannot understand why the prime minister would make a purely political decision to try to block improved retirement incomes before the fall federal election.
The Zoomers group CARP – A New Vision of Aging – says it’s disappointed by the Harper government’s decision.
CARP’s Susan Eng, a member of the advisory board to the government on the Ontario pension plan, tells Zoomer Radio News the government reverse its move.
CARP has long called for a universal pension plan modelled on the CPP and without Ottawa’s help, the group feels the roll-out of the Ontario plan could be delayed but will definitely increase cost — an unnecessary one in CARP’s view.