Reviving the NDP Private Member's Bill
On February 13, 2018 NDP MP Irene Mathyssen introduced a Private Member’s Bill to change the various pieces of legislation that deny pensions for surviving spouses. She also wrote to Scott Brison, then-President of the Treasury Board, reminding him that our country still has such archaic legislation, and pointed out that the Liberals promised to undo the unfair legislation but have done nothing.
Irene has since retired and therefore her Private member’s Bill is no longer on the Order Paper. We are approaching the NDP’s new leader, the Hon. Jagmeet Singh, to ask that Irene’s work be carried on and that a new Private Member’s Bill be introduced by a currently sitting MP.
We will provide updates as things progress.
Minority Government - New Approach
We are extremely disappointed by the Liberal’s non-performance with this issue. It is five years since they spoke promisingly about reform and even added the issue to one minister’s mandate. Given the government had a majority we were hopeful, but their real action has been zero.
The government is now in a minority position and we believe this creates unique opportunities for a different approach. We are not divulging our new plans publicly but we will keep you updated as we proceed.