Editor: I recently read that the Treasury Board is looking at changes to federal retiree health insurance. The changes would double health insurance costs for federal retirees — a big problem for seniors on fixed incomes. My concern is certainly appropriate, as we have just celebrated Labour Day, which is designed to protect the rights of those in the labour force and those who have retired.
The most disturbing thing is the Treasury Board is reportedly considering breaking the promises it made to its now-retired employees. The government of Canada made a promise to its employees to provide retirement pensions and health care insurance as compensation for their services. Employees held up their part of this agreement during their careers, serving Canada with honour and dedication.
And now the government, after benefitting from the services provided by its employees, is reportedly considering reneging on the promises made to its now-retired employees and members of the Canadian Forces and RCMP.
It is unacceptable for the government to break these promises. To do so would set a dangerous precedent for all Canadians, and it is time for our government to live up to its moral obligation to lead by example.
I support our federal public-sector employees and retirees, and I am calling on the government of Canada to do the right thing: honour the promises it made to its retirees. These terms were negotiated in good faith by the employees as part of their pay and compensation during their service to the public and the government of Canada.
Shelve any plans that would be detrimental to the retirement and health care security of any Canadian. And let’s all spend more energy figuring out how to raise the bar in retirement for all Canadians, rather than attacking each other.