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Retirement security: debunking Andrew Coyne's case for the pension status quo

As the proposal to expand the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) wins more and more support, the opposition from the right-wing becomes increasingly shrill. Andrew Coyne's column today is a case in point and deserves a point by point response.

A bigger CPP doesn't help the poor

Coyne says that poverty among the elderly is at low levels, and a bigger CPP wouldn't help. But it is forgotten that the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) plus Old Age Security (...

Flaherty's EI surplus sleight-of-hand

The Parliamentary Budget Office has come out with a report suggesting that the Conservatives will likely balance the budget ahead of schedule. But, and it’s a big but, they also found there would be no balanced budget in 2016 if there were no Employment Insurance (EI) surplus. 

The Conservatives' use of the EI surplus to pay for a balanced budget deserves closer scrutiny....

What's behind the opposition to a bigger, better CPP?

Today, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said he is opposed to the provincial proposal to expand the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) because it is not a “modest” proposal and would cost jobs. In fact, according to pension expert Robert Brown, the...