SUSPENSION OF THE PENSION PLAN INDEXATION “MARC DEMERS CRUELLY GOES AFTER THE WEAKEST !”, DENOUNCES JEAN-CLAUDE GOBÉ

Laval, December 8th 2016 – The leader of the official opposition and of Action Laval, Jean-Claude Gobé, denounces the decision of the Demers administration for suspending the application of Laval’s pension plan indexation clauses as of January 1st 2017.

MARC DEMERS CRUELLY GOES AFTER THE WEAKEST
According to Jean-Claude Gobé, it is totally unacceptable and cruel for an employer like the City of Laval to suspend the application of the pension plan indexation clauses;
“it is an attack on the weakest elements of our society !”. He added, “this drop in income for the retirees happens at the same time as the rates and cost of living are on a continuous rise. Furthermore, numerous retirees live in Laval and by next year, Marc Demers will, once again, increase their taxes, by 1.4% for a total of 6.5% in three years!”

THE APPALLING APPLICATION OF THE SUSPENSION IS NOT MANDATORY
Let’s point out that it is stated, in article 16 of of the law 15, Act to foster the financial health and sustainability of municipal defined benefit pension plans […], that the automatic indexation of the pension of members may be suspended in whole or in part by the municipal body. “The administration was not obliged to go after the retirees! The bailout deficit could have been done without impoverishing these men and women who often gave years of their lives to the service of Laval tax payers”.

THIS ACTION IS A STEP CLOSER TOWARDS IMPOVERISHNG THE MOST VULNERABLE AND OLDER CITIZENS
“This action of suspending the indexation of pensions is a step closer towards impoverishing the most vulnerable population”, denounced the leader of the official opposition, “but whereas today, a survey by Youri Rivest shows that 36% of households in Québec cannot even meet their basic needs, Marc Demers is about to increase their taxes and reduce their pension plans ! This is unacceptable !”.

In conclusion, Jean-Claude Gobé and Aglaia Revelakis, Councillor for the Chomedey district, express their willingness to vote against the suspension, provided in item 7.1 of the council meeting agenda, scheduled for Thursday afternoon, December 9th.