Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The Con War on the Canada Pension Plan
It's my nightmare vision of a Con jungle. A country full of seniors living in poverty and misery.
A country where the old and the poor have no present, and the young have no future.
A nightmare that became even more real today, when the Cons killed an NDP proposal to expand the Canada Pension Plan.
Even though a recent study showed that Canada is the only OECD country where seniors are getting getting poorer, and the government is doing less and less to help them.
And the only good thing I can see, is that some seniors are finally starting to fight back.
Conservatives are losing support among Canadian seniors for refusing to expand the Canada Pension Plan, warns a national seniors group. On the same day that the Conservative majority voted down an NDP motion calling for CPP expansion, the seniors lobby group CARP released a survey showing Conservative support is slipping among its members.
Finally starting to starting to realize that Stephen Harper is their enemy not their friend.
“He does not like the Canada Pension Plan, so I believe that as long as he is the Prime Minister of this country, no time will be the right time for any infinitesimal increase in CPP premiums and benefits,” he said.
A political thug who would put his foul ideology before the needs of vulnerable Canadians, and is trying to dismantle a social safety net that took generations to build.
From the unemployed to low-income families and poor seniors, more people than ever are struggling with grim choices as they try to cope in the leaner, meaner Canada presided over by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Since winning power eight years ago next month, the federal Conservatives have chipped away at programs that helped define the compassionate, caring Canada built over the course of several generations.
And what really makes me see red, is the Con claim that expanding the CPP would be a "job killing payroll tax" and that they are only trying to protect the interests of younger Canadians.
When in fact expanding the CPP would have a minimal effect on the economy, and it would benefit young workers not punish them.
Contrary to Mr. Robson’s contention that young workers will be most at risk from CPP expansion, such workers will, in fact, be the largest beneficiaries. Current retirees would gain nothing, since they would not be paying any additional premiums, and older workers would gain only limited benefit increases based on their few years of higher contributions. Young workers would be paying higher CPP premiums over their entire working lives, and thus would stand to get the full increase in CPP benefits.
Not just because most young workers have low paying jobs with no benefits, no pensions, no anything.
But also because judging from all the ones I know, they would support any plan that would allow seniors to live in dignity. Not only because it's the right and Canadian thing to do, but also because they too will be old some day, their future has never looked bleaker.
And the Con proposals to replace the CPP with voluntary savings plans, or so called pooled pensions plans, are nothing but a scam.
Critics of CPP expansion proposals have not offered any viable alternative to increase the retirement savings of workers. Voluntary saving schemes – including workplace pensions and RRSPs – have shown their growing inability to address the problem. Nascent pooled registered pension plans, also voluntary, will do little better. All the empirical evidence suggests that only a mandatory increase in workers’ savings will address the problem.
About as good as relying on a Lotto 649 pension plan.
And are only designed to throw us all into the hands of the greedy private insurance companies who are circling Parliament hill like vultures. And make them richer while making most of us poorer and less secure.
Yup. The other night I wrote about the growing threat of a generational war, something I totally reject since I don't believe in pitting one group of Canadians against the other.
Now here's a chance for young and old to work together, stand up for our precious social safety net, and OUR Canada.
And send those miserable Cons, and their deranged leader, to the jungle they would have us live in.
Or the hell where they belong…
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