By Lethbridge Herald on November 3, 2023.
In the words of Idina Menzel from Disney’s “Frozen” movie: “Let it go, let it go, turn away and slam the door.”
Every Canadian premier or prime minister wants to put his or her own stamp on their province or country.
Alberta’s Danielle Smith is not alone in that by any stretch of the imagination. But her interest in leaving the Canadian Pension Plan is mind-boggling. This plan, as we’ve heard from so many experts, is well managed and provides secure financial benefits to Canadian retirees.
So why has Smith started a fight which nobody asked for or wanted?
What logical reason is there to mess with the financial security of Alberta’s seniors? To this date, the premier and the UCP have not answered that question. As we’ve seen on this page from our own former mayor David Carpenter, the province’s rationale for creating its own pension plan is flawed.
How much is it going to cost the province to get out of the plan and what trickle-down effects will happen for Alberta and the rest of the country?
There is an old saying, which we’ve heard often in discussions about the UCP’s pension plan idea, which goes something to the effect of “if it’s not broken, why fix it?”
The Canada Pension Plan is not broken, it offers Canadians secure retirement benefits that they can rely upon. The prospect of losing CPP benefits has many Albertans worried about their financial security down the road and others concerned about the yet-unknown cost to the efforts to leave CPP.
When Alberta is suffering shortages of affordable housing and supportive housing and is still battling the opioid crisis, is there not much better uses of taxpayers’ money than this? Every community has homeless people living on the streets in all weather, people suffering horribly from the impacts of addictions, and needing humanitarian intervention.
Albertans have serious concerns about crime in their communities, about paying for their families’ groceries and their utility bills.
But Danielle Smith wants to fight the country to get her hands on our pension money?
Why? What is her motivation? Power, a genuine concern for Albertans? Whatever her reasoning, it’s not justified.
We in this province have far more pressing issues that need immediate attention. It’s time for the UCP to change direction and put some time, energy and effort into actually improving the lives of Albertans, rather than trying to disrupt our lives needlessly.
Maybe Smith can relate to more lyrics in the Disney tune: “No right, no wrong, no rules for me, I’m free.”
We Albertans need to be free from this pension scheme. Let it go, Danielle, let it go.