Alberta labour group launches campaign for CPP reform

Poll finds 71 per cent feel provincial government should allow changes
||Last Updated: 12/10/2010

A campaign for “real” pension reform has been launched in Alberta by the Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL) and the Canadian Labour Congress, hoping to persuade the provincial government to change its mind and join the growing consensus around expanding the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).

"A crisis in retirement income is looming in Canada and it will not spare Albertans, despite claims made by Finance Minister Ted Morton," said Gil McGowan, president of the AFL.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty support expanding CPP, along with nine provinces, seniors groups, student groups, economists and labour groups, said the AFL, and there's hope a ground-breaking agreement can be reached when Canada's finance ministers gather in Kananaskis, Alb., next month.