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Harper targeting pensions

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Prime Minister Harper announced to his billionaire friends in Davos his intention to make changes to Canada's retirement system. True to form, Stephen Harper circumvented the parliamentary process to make an announcement that would radically transform our social safety net.

I understand the frustration and despair of seniors about the cost of living and lack of support during the aging process. I also understand the fear of hundreds of thousands of seniors who are wondering what will happen to our pension system.

New Democrats are fighting tirelessly to protect our pension system so that persons with disabilities, seniors and all Canadians can retire with dignity and security. It is unacceptable for me to see this government spend billions in corporate tax reductions and then threaten to slash social programs.

It is high time we review our tax system so that everybody pays their fair share. The occupy movement brought this debate to the public stage. If we want to win in 2015 and put forward policies that would restore real social justice, we must give ourselves the means. We must, obviously, put an end to tax shelters, but we must also thoroughly review our tax system in order to regain real progressivity.

Meanwhile, New Democrats will continue pressuring the Conservative government to:

-  increase the Canada Pension Plan and Quebec Pension Plan by progressively doubling the amount of benefits, from 25 per cent to 50 per cent of retirees' earnings;

-  gradually increase the Guaranteed Income Supplement to which registration would be automatic;

-  take measures to make prescription drugs more safe and affordable.

In closing, we learned that the Treasury Board President, Tony Clement, plans to cut between four and eight billion dollars in the next budget. This amount could represent more than 10 per cent of spending! Mobilization of all civil society actors will be necessary to make the government back down. Rest assured that I will be right there with you to fight against these regressive measures.

Alexandre Boulerice

MP for Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie

Treasury Board Critic


Les retraites dans la mire de Harper

Le premier ministre Stephen Harper a annoncé devant ses amis milliardaires de Davos qu’il avait l’intention de revoir notre système de retraite canadien. Fidèle à son habitude, Stephen Harper a contourné le processus parlementaire pour faire une annonce qui risque de transformer radicalement notre filet social.

Je comprends l’exaspération et le désespoir des aînés concernant le coût de la vie et l’absence de soutien durant le processus de vieillissement. Je comprends également la frayeur que doivent ressentir des centaines de milliers de personnes âgées qui se demandent qu’est-ce qui arrivera de notre régime de retraite.

Au NPD, nous luttons sans relâche pour protéger les régimes de retraite pour que les personnes handicapées, les aînées et l’ensemble des Canadiens puissent vivre leur retraite dans la dignité et la sécurité.  Il est pour moi inacceptable de voir ce gouvernement engloutir des milliards en réduction d’impôts des grandes entreprises et menacer de sabrer dans les programmes sociaux.

Il est grandement temps de revoir notre régime fiscal afin que chacun paie sa juste part. Le mouvement occupons a ramener ce débat sur la place publique. Si nous voulons gagner en 2015 et mettre de l’avant des politiques visant à rétablir une véritable justice sociale, nous devrons nous donner les moyens. Nous devrons, bien entendu, mettre fin aux abris fiscaux, mais nous devrons également revoir en profondeur notre régime fiscal afin de retrouver une véritable progressivité.

En attendant, l’équipe du NPD continuera d’exercer des pressions sur le gouvernement conservateur pour qu’il:

-bonifie le Régime de pension du Canada et le Régime des rentes du Québec en doublant progressivement le montant des prestations, qui passeraient de 25 % à 50 % des gains d’un retraité;

-bonifie graduellement le Supplément de revenu garanti auquel l’inscription serait automatique;

-adopte des mesures pour rendre les médicaments d’ordonnance plus sûrs et abordables.

En terminant, nous avons appris que le président du Conseil du Trésor Tony Clement a l’intention de couper entre quatre et huit milliards de dollars lors du prochain budget. Cette somme pourrait représenter plus de 10% des dépenses! Une mobilisation de tous les acteurs de la société civile sera nécessaire pour faire reculer ce gouvernement. Soyez assuré que je serai avec vous pour me battre contre ces mesures rétrogrades.

Alexandre Boulerice

Député de Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie

Critique du Conseil du trésor

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