WYNNE: OTTAWA PENSION PLAN MOVE 'PURELY POLITICAL'

Jul 17, 2015

By Bob Komsic

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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.

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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.

 

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