From Parliament Hill: Liberal-NDP pension plan offensive to Canadians

Web Lead

I am disappointed to see that NDP deputy leader Libby Davies recently introduced a private member’s proposal that would cost Canadian taxpayers a billion dollars and give expensive taxpayer-funded benefits to those who may have never paid any taxes in Canada and do not deserve them.

The NDP has now joined hands with the Liberals in asking the government to reduce the residency requirement to receive taxpayer funded old age security. The Liberals and NDP want us to reduce the residency requirement from 10 years to only a few short years.

This would mean that someone who only recently arrived in Canada would receive old age security and a guaranteed income supplement, just like someone who has worked hard for 10 years or more, paid taxes and contributed to Canadian society.

I want to be clear: our Conservative government is opposed to this costly and irresponsible Liberal-NDP scheme.

I have received an overwhelming amount of correspondence from constituents from all over Kootenay-Columbia. I would like to thank the Canadians, including the high number of Canadian immigrants, who took the time to write in and express their opposition to the Liberal-NDP proposal. I have heard your opinion loud and clear and, like all of you, I am completely opposed to this irresponsible and costly scheme.

This scheme would cost a billion dollars at a time when Canadians can least afford it. It is offensive to Canadians who work hard and pay their taxes, and goes against Canadians’ deeply ingrained sense of fairness and fiscal responsibility.

I would like to reassure everyone in Kootenay-Columbia that our Conservative Government will vigorously oppose this costly and irresponsible Liberal-NDP scheme.

David Wilks is the member of Parliament for the Kootenay-Columbia federal riding.


Just Posted

Dryer incident at Teck Elkview Operations

Locals report hearing loud bang

New Glade ferry enters testing phase

The Glade II will be able to carry heavier loads and will emit less greenhouse gases.

They support us, let’s support them

Local businesses support our local economy, but they need us as much as we need them.

Genelle ‘vehicle incident’ under RCMP investigation

Regional firefighters respond to car fire Sunday night

Nelson commits to 100% renewables by 2050

This makes Nelson the sixth city in Canada to join the worldwide initiative

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Philadelphia Eagles headed to Super Bowl

After routing the Minnesota Vikings 38-7, they will face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots

Heavy snowfall closes Mount Washington on Vancouver Island

Road to ski resort deemed unsafe, vehicles buried under more than three feet of snow

VIDEO: Dramatic video shows return of rescued B.C. snowboarders

Two snowboarders were rescued near Rossland, B.C. on Sunday after being lost overnight.

Tom Brady leads Patriots back to Super Bowl, top Jaguars 24-20

New England to face winner of Sunday night’s game between Minnesota and Philadelphia on Feb. 4

Liberals quietly tap experts to write new paternity leave rules

Ideas include creating an entirely new leave benefit similar to one that exists in Quebec

Insurers say Canadian weather getting hotter, wetter and weirder

Average number of days with heavy rain or snow across Canada has been outside norm since spring 2013

Final phase of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy trials to kick off in B.C.

Doctors hope to get psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy legalized in Canada and the U.S. by 2021

VIDEO: Thousands join women’s march events across B.C.

Today marks one year since the first Women’s March on Washington

Most Read