Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Stephen Harper and the Great Con Pension Scam
You might think that Stephen Harper has done enough to hurt poor seniors. By making them wait until they are sixty-seven to receive Old Age Security payments.
And treating our veterans like dirt.
You might think that his Great Con Debate scam would have satiated his corrupt instincts.
But no, now he has ordered his dilapidated stooge Joe Oliver to flog a phony pension scam.
The federal Conservative government is proposing a voluntary expansion of the Canada Pension Plan, adding a pre-election twist to the politically charged debate over how best to boost Canadian savings.
The general premise is that Canadians who choose to pay higher CPP premiums would receive higher guaranteed payments in retirement.
Even though it would not help those who need it the most. Even though everyone knows that for the CPP plan to work best it has to be mandatory.
Labour groups and the seniors advocacy group CARP have long argued that voluntary savings vehicles do not work and that a mandatory CPP expansion is needed to ensure that all Canadians are saving enough for retirement.
And even though everyone should know that the only reason the Cons are making vague noises about enhancing the miserable CPP payments is because polls show most Canadians favour it. And the Cons will say or promise ANYTHING to try to win the next election.
Just like everybody should know that NOBODY can trust Stephen Harper to do the right and decent thing, when he has made his views about pensions horrifyingly clear.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper “smirked” and told Kathleen Wynne in a private meeting that Canadians need to save for their own retirement because it’s not up to government to look after them, the Star has learned.
In a 45-minute meeting in Harper’s Centre Block office on Parliament Hill on Dec. 5, he apparently said his Conservative government has given people the ability to fend for themselves so there is no need to bolster the Canada Pension Plan.
Because he would smirk at the misery of others, and put his cruel ideology before the real needs of Canadians.
Or the suffering of some of our most vulnerable citizens.
You know, I see poor seniors every day. I worry all the time whether they are being forced to choose between their food or their medication. I believe that poverty kills, and that hundreds if not thousands of seniors are dying too soon because they don't have enough money to live on.
It makes me so angry, it makes me despair about the future of this country.
And it's one of the very few things in the world that could reduce me to begging, as I do now:
Don't believe a word the Cons are saying. It's all smoke and mirrors.
The Conservative government rejected a voluntary expansion of the Canada Pension Plan five years ago as overly expensive and misguided, a history that is raising questions as to why it is now proposing that very idea.
They would rather dismantle our pension system, rather than improve it.
And In the name of human decency, put all your differences aside, and defeat that shabby Con artist, that grubby schemer, that depraved monster.
Before he turns this country into his savage jungle.
And helps kill more Canadians...
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