CARP was invited to the federal pension reform roundtable in Winnipeg where CARP’s proposal for a Universal Pension plan was presented directly to Finance Minister James Flaherty, Seniors Minister Diane Ablonczy and Parliamentary secretary to the finance minister, Ted Menzies. Manitoba finance minister Rosann Wowchuk was also in attendance. Minister Wowchuk, along with her deputy minister and other senior officials met with CARP the next day for a more detailed briefing. CARP also met with opposition critics to ensue that our message gets broad attention. As was the case when we met with the Finance ministers in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, the provincial ministers have been much more captive to the need for reform than their federal counterparts.
Susan Eng with Federal Senior’s Minister Diane Ablonczy and Minister of Finance, Jim Flaherty