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Official Opposition supports CURC on pensions

CURC President Pat Kerwin and NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair are flanked by members of the CURC Executive at their meeting in Ottawa.

CURC President Pat Kerwin and NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair are flanked by members of the CURC Executive at their meeting in Ottawa.

The CURC Executive met during its June meeting with the Official Opposition to explain our position on pensions, pharmacare and home care. They agree that the CPP & QPP need to be expanded and bankruptcy laws need to be changed so pensions have preferred status. We had a discussion about problems faced by people with major drug bills. We will be providing them more information regarding home care.

There was a general exchange on how families today are struggling to make ends meet and ways to help them. We made the point that moving the age of eligibility to 67 for OAS and GIS would have a negative impact, especially on women. Tom Mulcair noted the casual way that Flaherty had introduced this change. Though they had promised not to touch pensions, the Conservatives now claimed that they had said nothing about not touching OAS and GIS. Mulcair noted the unfairness of this approach and the negative effect on social solidarity.

We urged the opposition members to keep us informed on plans to hold cross-country tours to hear from Canadians so we can encourage our members to participate.

We also talked about our concerns over the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement ( CETA ) which is currently being negotiated, mostly in secret. There are fears that it presents a serious threat to Canada’s public water systems.

Irene Mathyssen talks to her assistant Tara Hogeterp with Claude Parent to the right.

Irene Mathyssen talks to her assistant Tara Hogeterp with Claude Parent to the right.

Another view of the CURC Executive with Thomas Mulcair

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