PENSION ACTION NEEDED NOW!

Dear Constituents and supporters across Canada,

My colleague Wayne Marston (Hamilton-Stoney Creek, NDP) has legislation (C-476) which would put worker’s at the front of the line—ahead of the big banks and corporate creditors—when a company closes its doors, ensuring their vacation pay and pensions are the first priority, not the last.

You may have heard on CBC radio, Wayne’s Bill already has support of all the opposition parties and could be passed in as little as one day. This is critical to helping Nortel pensioners, but will also be important in protecting workers in the future as well. ONLY THE CONSERVATIVES ARE STANDING IN THE WAY OF PASSING THIS BILL AS AN URGENT MATTER!

The Industry Minister’s response to CBC this morning is that they are meeting with stakeholders and studying pension issues. THAT ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH, WE DON’T NEED MORE STUDY, WE NEED ACTION!

Please take a minute to write to the Prime Minister at: pm@pm.gc.ca and to Minister Clement at: clemet@parl.gc.ca and tell them to deal with the legislation as an emergency matter and pass Bill C-476 before it is too late for tens of thousands of workers.

I also want to invite you to join me, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, and my friend and city council colleague Gina Barber (who has been leading the "is London an age friendly city?" initiative) for a special public meeting on April 7th from 2:30-4:00pm at the Boys & Girls Club of London (184 Horton St) to discuss the pension crisis, to update you on efforts to make legislative changes to pension matters, and to listen to your ideas and concerns. You can get all the details about this meeting at: www.ndplondonarea.ca/event/2010-04-07/seniors-pension-forum

I also invite you to keep up-to-date with our fight to protect pensions at: http://www.ndp.ca/press/new-democrats-introduce-pension-security-bill

Thank you for your support and encouragement to fight for retirement security for all Canadians.

Sincerely,
Irene Mathyssen, MP