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NDP MPs question the government regarding pensions for miners in Labrador

Posted In:  General,  Industry
June 5, 2015

House of Commons Debates, 41st Parl, 2nd Sess, No 225 (5 June 2015) at 14650.

  • Mr. Speaker, hundreds of pensioners from Wabush Mines in Labrador had their health and life insurance benefits cancelled this week.

    The previous owner of the iron ore mine has begun debt restructuring, and, as usual, the first to suffer are the retirees. Many of these people worked for the company for decades. They have been left with nothing. Their pensions may be next. They deserve to be treated better than this.

    What will the Conservatives do to help these pensioners?

    Mr. Ryan Cleary

    St. John's South—Mount Pearl, NDP

  • Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the question from the hon. member. Again, if he will meet with me after question period, I would be delighted to look into this matter for him.

    Mr. Paul Calandra

    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, CPC

  • Mr. Speaker, three generations of my constituents worked at the Wabush mines, but now hundreds of retirees are no longer covered by the company’s life and medical insurance, effective June 1, while the Wabush group is placed under the protection of the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. Some of my constituents spent their life working hard in the mine only to end up with nothing, not even medical insurance.

    What is the government doing to protect these workers?

  • Mr. Speaker, we always work very hard on this side of the House to protect Canadian workers.

    We have created jobs, 1.2 million net new jobs. In fact, by reducing taxes across the board some 180 times, we are helping businesses survive and the workers get the funding they need.

    We will continue to support Canadians. The opposition wants to raise taxes. That is not only going to kill businesses, it is going to kill jobs, and it is going to hurt a lot of Canadians.


    Hon. Gary Goodyear

    Minister of State (Science and Technology) (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario), CPC

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