On February 19, over a dozen seniors groups met in Montreal to establish la Coalition citoyenne pour mieux vivre et vieillir (C2V2). Their Manifeste pour une retraite décente pour toutes et pour tous set forth the reasons for taking this step which was the culmination of close to two years working with the Coalition of Libre Negociation of CUPE Quebec and the Quebec Federation of Labour. Although the original goal was to protect pensions earned by workers, Jean Carrette made the point that the fundamental reason for action was to improve the situation of the poorest seniors, many of whom are now forced to work to make ends meet, and to tackle inequality.
In addition to the 13 retirees organizations listed in the Manifesto, the meeting also saw the participation of the Steelworkers and la Federation de l’Age d’ Or de Quebec ( FADOQ). Among the speakers at the meeting was Marc Ranger, Regional Director of CUPE. The QFL was represented by Marie Josee Naud, co-ordinator of insurance and pensions.
The interim executive consists of: Louis Larivière, president; Louisette Hinton, vice president; Ghislain Girard, treasurer; Jean Carette , communications and Andre Fleury, secretary. The next meeting is scheduled for June.