By Medicine Hat News on December 19, 2023.
The Opposition New Democrats will hold an in-person meeting in Medicine Hat in the new year to discuss the idea of a provincial pension plan, the party announced Monday.
The party has opposed what it says is a plan by the government to pull out of the Canadian Pension Plan, and has been critical of a government public consultation process that included telephone town halls.
That process was to include in-person meetings, but was paused by panel chair Jim Dinning earlier this month. He said Alberta will wait for a response from the CPP investment board on the province’s potential share of the current $600-billion fund.
NDP deputy leader Sarah Hoffman said the United Conservatives are stalling and ignoring opposition to the plan.
“It is alarming to see how determined they are to gamble with Albertans’ pensions, ignoring widespread opposition and expert advice,” said Hoffman in a release. “The Alberta NDP is committed to making sure that doesn’t happen.”
On Monday, the Alberta NDP announced eight more meetings across the province starting in the third week of January.
The Medicine Hat event would be held Jan. 31 at a to-be-determined venue, but with MLAs Kathleen Ganley and Shannon Phillips in attendance.
Lethbridge will host a meeting Jan. 30, after meetings in Calgary and Edmonton, and then proceed to meetings in High River and Drumheller in early February.