Canada Pension Plan changes
Queen’s University professor James MacKinnon, head of the school’s economics department, is available to discuss today’s announcement by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty about a mandatory increase in the amount Canadians contribute to the Canada Pension Plan.
“I would support making certain changes to the Canada Pension Plan. However, there are several options available, and it is not clear just what the federal government is proposing. I hope that Mr. Flaherty has the right sort of changes in mind,” says Professor MacKinnon, a former president of the Canadian Economics Association who specializes in pension plans. “Private pension plans have been hit hard by the financial crisis, and there have been some high-profile problems, such as Nortel. Government plans have also been hit, but in that case it is apparently the taxpayers, rather than pensioners, who will suffer.”
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