NDP Introduce Bill to Protect Pensions of Nova Scotians

December 11, 2013

(Halifax, N.S.) The NDP is calling on the Liberal government to stand-up for the hard-earned pensions of Nova Scotians.

Today in the Legislature Acting Leader Maureen MacDonald introduced a Bill entitled “An Act to establish a public consultation process on the enhancement of the Canada Pension Plan”. The Bill requires a mandatory formal consultative process regarding CPP and pension reform giving Nova Scotians the opportunity to have their say. This would include 6 to 9 public consultations across the province.

“Nova Scotians are concerned that Stephen McNeil and the Nova Scotia Liberals are adopting the same position as Stephen Harper and the Federal Conservatives when it comes to reforming the Canadian Pension Plan,” said MacDonald. “This is too important a public policy issue to be negotiated behind closed doors. Nova Scotians deserve to be consulted and have their say in an open and transparent manner.”

Earlier this month McNeil expressed “reservations” about a call from other provincial Premiers to expand CPP coverage. MacDonald disagrees with the Liberal position and the NDP will fight to expand CPP coverage.

“Nearly one third of our workforce will face a steep drop in their standard of living by the time they retire,” added MacDonald. “Most provinces, pension experts, labour unions and seniors’ organizations all agree that enhancing the Canada Pension Plan is the best way to avoid a crisis of income insecurity in the very near future. I’m not sure why Stephen McNeil and the Liberals are turning a deaf ear to this advice.”