Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

December 14, 2009 11:00 ET

Media Advisory: CLC to Press Finance Ministers in Whitehorse on Pensions

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 14, 2009) - The Canadian Labour Congress will be in Whitehorse on December 17 and 18 to monitor meetings of federal, provincial and territorial finance ministers regarding pensions and to advocate for the CLC's proposals for real pension reform. The CLC delegation will include Secretary-treasurer Hassan Yussuff. He will be accompanied by Dr. Joel Harden, the CLC's pension expert.

"The pensions crisis is too important to be solved by a few people meeting behind closed doors, even if these people have the best intentions," says CLC president Ken Georgetti. "The CLC is calling for a pan-Canadian summit develop real pension solutions. We believe the best way forward is to use an enhanced CPP as the cornerstone of pension reform. We propose to phase-in a doubling of CPP benefits so that the proportion of average earnings replaced by plan rises from 25% to 50% over seven to ten years. All Canadians deserve to live in security and dignity in retirement and enhancing the CPP is the best way to do achieve that goal."

WHO: Hassan Yussuff, CLC Secretary-treasurer
Dr. Joel Harden, CLC pensions expert

WHAT: Finance ministers meeting on pension reform

WHEN: December 17 to December 18

WHERE: Whitehorse, Yukon

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3.2 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 130 district labour councils. Web site:

Contact Information

  • CLC (in Whitehorse)
    Dr. Joel Harden
    Cell: 613-668-4609
    CLC Communications (Ottawa)
    Dennis Gruending
    613-526-7431 or 613-878-6040 (cell)