Aug 18, 2015

By Jane Brown

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Opposition to the Made in Ontario pension plan appears to be growing. A new Forum Research poll suggests there is an upswing in disapproval of the plan by the governing Liberals to introduce an Ontario pension starting in 2017.

A survey conducted last week just after Premier Wynne introduced details of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan shows 44 percent of respondents approve of it, a slight drop from November of last year when 52 percent supported a provincial pension plan.

But outright disapproval is growing; 40 percent of those surveyed last week disapproved of the ORPP compared with 28 percent in November.  Forum Research President Lorne Bozinoff will have more on the survey on Zoomer Radio’s Goldhawk Fights Back this morning at 11:05.

The Made in Ontario pension has become a federal election issue. Conservative leader, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is fighting any involvement by the federal government to assist in implementing it. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is in favour of the ORPP, and said as recently as yesterday, that if Stephen Harper had improved the Canada Pension Plan, then a provincial plan wouldn’t have been necessary.

“The fact of the matter is, if he had actually been doing his job over the past ten years in securing Canadians pensions, Premier Wynne wouldn’t have to be stepping up alone on making sure that our seniors have retirement security,” Trudeau said while campaigning in Ajax, Ontario.

Premier Wynne is openly supporting Justin Trudeau in his bid to become the next prime minister.

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