Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative Government is hoping Ottawa will consider some changes to the new Canada Pension Plan deal.
Manitoba and Quebec refused to sign the agreement last week.
Our finance minister Cameron Friesen says his counterparts are listening.
“There is support for the ideas that we are raising at this time. There is a broad-based agreement that these measures should be discussed and that they could lead to a strengthening of the overall proposal.”
Those changes include lessening the claw-back of benefits for widowed seniors, keeping the death benefit indexed with inflation, and extending the phase-in of the upper earnings limit.
“We would like to see a commitment to a comprehensive review of other CPP benefits,” Friesen explains. “Including disability benefits which are currently very difficult to qualify for.”
Premier Brian Pallister says if we don’t take time now to explore ideas and get it right, Canadians will regret it.
“There seems to be a consensus that it should be bigger. We believe it should be better, too. There are opportunities here that shouldn’t be missed.”
The deal, which is to be finalized next month, is to be phased in starting in 2019.