Sarnia City Council holds off on support for pension reform

By J.D. Booth
Lambton Shield
June Maruschak, president of the Sarnia & District Labour Council, would have liked to have the formal support of Sarnia City Council for federal pension reform scheduled for discussion at a December meeting of finance ministers.
She didn't get it. At least not at Monday's meeting, the last of this council's four-year term.
Instead, councillors, all of whom will begin their next term of office on December 6, 2010, said through motion that they would wait for further information before offering their formal support for the idea of pension reform to Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan.
Maruschak heard no significant opposition to her assertion that a doubling of the public pension funding (through Canada Pension Plan) was a good thing.
The objection? Not enough information to decide how to proceed.
Councillor Mike Kelch, when asked if he would support such a motion, declined to support the idea, at least "not at this time."
And when Councillor Andy Bruziewicz made a motion that would offer support for pension reform, there were no seconders. "That's very interesting," he quipped.
Still, even after Councillor Anne Marie Gillis said she thought it "prudent for us as a municipal council to support" the idea of pension reform on a national scale, a motion also failed to receive a seconder.
In the end, a motion by Councillor Dave Boushy (seconded by Kelch) successfully directed city hall staff to provide council with more information on the impact pension reform would have, specifically on city budgets.

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