NDP fighting to protect Canadian workers’ pension from Conservatives’ attacks « Canada’s NDP

April 24, 2024 at 4:30 am  Federal, Politics

EDMONTON — On Wednesday, Canada’s NPD Leader Jagmeet Singh, NDP MP Heather McPherson (Edmonton Strathcona) and NDP candidate for Edmonton Centre, Trisha Estabrooks, committed the to fight back against Conservatives’ attacks on the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).

Danielle Smith’s plan to pull out of the CPP will not only hurt Albertans’ pensions, but it would also lower pension benefits for all Canadians. To fight back and protect Canadians’ pensions, McPherson will introduce a bill in the House of Commons that will make it harder for Danielle Smith’s to gamble workers’ pension.

“Canadians need assurance that when they retire, they are going to have the support they need to live. No one should have to worry about living their retirement years in poverty—but if it was up to Danielle Smith and Pierre Poilievre, they will,” said McPherson. “Pierre Poilievre’s best friend—Danielle Smith—is putting at risk Albertans’ retirement security by recklessly pushing to withdraw Alberta out of the CPP. I will be introducing a bill that will protect Albertans and Canadians from this idea. New Democrats are clear: hands off workers’ pensions!”

Danielle Smith’s plan to withdraw from the CPP is not the only threat to Canadians’ pensions. After he was elected Leader of the Conservative Party, one of Pierre Poilievre’s first ideas was to cut the Canada Pension Plan to save greedy corporations more money.

“Conservative cuts to the CPP will hurt seniors and workers and let rich CEOs and the companies they head take the money they were supposed to put into workers’ pensions and add it to their profits instead. That’s what Pierre Poilievre wants—less money for your retirement and more money for big bosses,” said Singh. “When he was in power, Poilievre also made it harder for Canadians to get a pension—delaying the retirement age to 67—while he collects a $3 million pension paid for by the public. Canadians’ pension is under attack by Conservatives, and New Democrats are fighting back.”

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