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WHO CHOSE, EXACTLY? TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL LETTERS - JANET MacDONALD

TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 07 MAY 2013  

I read “Why we chose shared risk pensions” (May 1) by Marilyn Quinn, Susie Proulx Daigle and Gordon Black with great interest. “Why we chose” says a lot about the process.

It is unfortunate that they fail to mention the decision of Justice William T. Grant in the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick, Quinn c New Brunswick, July 08, 2011 which stated, “Based on the foregoing, then, it is my opinion that, under the plan, when a member retires she/he vests once in a series of COLA adjustments which are calculated annually. I therefore direct the committee to refrain from making the proposed amendments to the COLA provisions for the retirees.”

After this decision was rendered, legislation was passed, basically, to do an end run around this decision, which makes one wonder why we have courts at all.

So who, exactly, is “we?” Certainly not the retirees or the active members, neither of whose voices have been heard in this exercise.

Democracy, again, takes a hit!

JANET MacDONALD Shediac