Posted on Jun 23, 2020
ALBERTANS TO TELL JASON KENNEY “HANDS OFF MY CPP”
EDMONTON – MLAs voted to allow Albertans to make presentations on proposed NDP legislation that protects Albertans’ pensions and prohibits Alberta’s withdrawal from the Canada Pension Plan.
Public presentations on Bill 203: Pension Protection Act, sponsored by NDP Labour Critic Christina Gray, will commence before the Standing Committee on Private Bills and Private Members' Public Bills in the coming weeks. The committee also voted to allow Albertans to submit written statements. Bill 203 proposes to make withdrawing Alberta from the CPP, against the wishes of Albertans, illegal.
More than 2,000 Albertans wrote the Committee to request time to present their opposition to the UCP plan to withdraw from the CPP. Nearly 30,000 Albertans signed Gray’s petition at HandsOffMyCPP.ca.
“There are tens of thousands of Albertans who are desperately worried about the future of their retirement funds in the hands of Jason Kenney,” said Gray. “I am very pleased that some of them will be able to express their concerns to the committee and ask that this bill be debated and voted on by all members of the assembly. These pensions belong to Albertans who have worked hard to earn them, and they deserve to have a say. I hope Jason Kenney will listen to them and do the right thing.”
Bill 203 also proposes to reverse the changes brought in through Bill 22 to pension plan administration, management and governance for over 400,000 Alberta workers' pension plans, including the Local Authorities Pension Plan, Special Forces Pension Plan, Public Sector Pension Plan and Alberta Retired Teachers Fund. The Alberta NDP will continue to fight for Albertans pensions.