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Ottawa no-show on needed pension reform, so premiers leap in: Susan Riley

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has refused to enrich the Canada Pension Plan, which currently pays a maximum of $12,500 annually to those who contribute during their working years.

Photograph courtesy of PMO photographer Jason Ransom
Finance Minister Joe Oliver and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, pictured at Rideau Hall.

GATINEAU, QUE.—We are collectively tied to a railway track and the train is thundering our way. That’s one way—popular, if loaded—to describe Canada’s looming pension crisis. Naturally, the lurid image is making many people, including politicians, very uneasy.

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Ottawa no-show on needed pension reform, so premiers leap in: Susan Riley

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has refused to enrich the Canada Pension Plan, which currently pays a maximum of $12,500 annually to those who contribute during their working years.

Photograph courtesy of PMO photographer Jason Ransom
Finance Minister Joe Oliver and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, pictured at Rideau Hall.

GATINEAU, QUE.—We are collectively tied to a railway track and the train is thundering our way. That’s one way—popular, if loaded—to describe Canada’s looming pension crisis. Naturally, the lurid image is making many people, including politicians, very uneasy.

  

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Thursday, December 18, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Maher, Den Tandt's Barrack Hill Balladeers perform at Tunes for Ottawa Food Bank shindig at D'Arcy's, Dec. 17 Dec. 18, 2014

Photograph courtesy of Dylan Robertson
D'Arcy McGees was packed on Wednesday night as Hill journalists, staffers. GR and PR folks came out to raise money for the Ottawa Food Bank.
Photograph courtesy of Mark Bourrie
Stephen Maher and Michael Den Tant performing alongside fellow Barrack Hill Balladeers at D'Arcy's Wednesday night.
Photograph courtesy of Stephen Maher
Mark Fraser and Bobby Watt start off the evening with Irish folk song Carrickfergus.
Embassy News Photograph courtesy of Laura Beaulne-Stuebing
Mark Fraser, Stephen Maher, Michael Den Tant and Celeste Côté.
The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello
The Barrack Hill Balladeers had been practising for a while before their performance, said Stephen Maher. The crowd enjoyed them.

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