By Graeme MacKay, Editorial Cartoonist, The Hamilton Spectator – Thursday October 29, 2015
Justin Trudeau delivers help for Kathleen Wynne’s Ontario pension plan
Justin Trudeau has begun repaying Premier Kathleen Wynne for helping him become prime minister.
Upon being sworn in to succeed Prime Minister Stephen Harper next Wednesday, Trudeau will reverse his predecessor’s attempt to derail the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan.
That announcement came after a 30-minute meeting Tuesday at Queen’s Park between the two leaders.
“We made progress on our mutual commitment to build greater retirement security for Ontarians and Canadians,” said Zita Astravas, Wynne’s director of media relations.
“Once it takes office, the incoming federal government will direct the Canada Revenue Agency and the departments of finance and national revenue to work with Ontario officials on the registration and administration of the . . . ORPP,” said Astravas.
“This would be the same assistance with pension administration that the federal government has extended in the past to Quebec and Saskatchewan. The ORPP is being designed to integrate with any future CPP enhancement,” she said, referring to the Canada Pension Plan.
Finance Minister Joe Oliver said in July that Ottawa would not provide administrative support for Wynne’s retirement scheme because the Conservatives felt it would “take money from workers and their families, kill jobs and damage the economy.”
“Administration of the ORPP will be the sole responsibility of the Ontario government, including the collection of contributions and any required information,” Oliver, who lost his Eglinton-Lawrence seat on Oct. 19, said at the time.
During the campaign, Harper boasted that he was “delighted” to hinder the Ontario plan, which launches in 2017.
“Kathleen Wynne is mad that I won’t help her do that . . . . You’re bloody right. The Conservative government is not going to help bring in that kind of tax hike.”
Wynne created the Ontario plan after Harper refused to bolster CPP, which pays out a maximum benefit of little more than $12,000 annually.
Trudeau received a hero’s welcome at Queen’s Park as he arrived to thank Wynne for her help in winning power. (Source: Toronto Star)
One play by play of the meeting courtesy of the National Post.