Political Eh-conomy: The pension fight: on the picket line or in regulations?

It’s relatively common knowledge that employer-run pensions have been scaled back over the past few decades. I’ve decided to dig some data on pensions for this post to see just how this has taken place in Canada, motivated by a just-released analysis of US pension reform that finds contradictions in how US workers have come ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Pension bill delayed as Hancock softens ground for next PC Party leader

TweetIn another move suggesting the spring sitting of Alberta’s Legislative Assembly could end within days, it appears that the passage of the Progressive Conservative Government’s controversial public sector pension law – Bill 9: Public Sector Pension Plans Amendment Act, 2014 – will be delayed until the fall sitting later this year. The opposition filibuster of the pension bill ended yesterday when the ...

ParliamANT Hill: Minister sorry for remarks about hungry children

Inspired by these headlines: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/james-moore-sorry-for-remarks-about-hungry-children-1.2465666 and http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/ontario-to-go-it-alone-after-cpp-reform-stalls-1.2465619

Politics and its Discontents: Pension Reform

More of the white stuff has fallen, and I can ignore the importunate call of the snow shovel no longer, so I will make this brief with two reading recommendations for your Sunday morning discernment. In today’s Star, Martin Regg Cohn writes convincingly on the need for real pension reform, but he predicts that the ...

OPSEU Diablogue: CPP reform: Pensions and population health objectives should be linked

There are two accepted axioms in health care: 1. The older you get, the more health care you use. 2. Wealth is closely linked to health, or what policy wonks like to talk about as the “social determinants of health.” … Continue reading →

Politics and its Discontents: The Taint of Ideology

Although I’m sure that I frequently fall victim to it, I am deeply offended by lazy thinking, our seemingly endless capacity to fall back on ideological bromides as a substitute for careful and reasoned consideration of an issue. Instances of such defective cogitation abound, and are especially noticeable in online commentary, where, for example, those ...

Northern Reflections: Evidence Suggests Now Is The Time For Pension Reform

Martin Regg Cohn writes that federal bureaucrats have presented Finance Minister Jim Flaherty with a plan to shore up the faltering Canadian pension system. Private pensions have been decimated by the Neo Conservative Revolution. Cohn writes: The world of pensions is collapsing around us. Traditional “defined-benefit” pensions that reliably promise to pay a fixed amount ...

Left Over: Shaking Hands with the Devil You Think You Know….

  While the Cons huff and puff and try to simply blow our House of Parliament down, let me play devil’s advocate here and rant about something that no one else (that I’ve been aware of) seems to be mentioning, in all the foofaraw about increasing the golden handshake contributions… What’s all this about pensions? ...