Alberta Premier Danielle Smith and Take Back Alberta supporters in the United Conservative Party arguably want to take Albertans out of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and substitute an “Alberta Pension Plan” (APP). Given its possible long-term effect on the lives of Albertans, this should have been one of the more important issues in the recent election campaign. Instead, the Premier refused to discuss it at all, and now the provincial government is spending more than 7.5 million dollars promoting the plan. This means that Albertans don’t have meaningful information about the proposed new plan. The benefit structure is likely to be similar to the CPP (although probably not identical), but the risks are many …

Join us to hear Brad Lafortune discuss the specifics about how the CPP works. He will also discuss what civil society, businesses, seniors, and many Albertans are doing to come together to make sure CPP is there for all Albertans – and all Canadians – for generations to come.

Speaker: Brad Lafortune, Public Interest Alberta

Brad has worked most of his life on Treaty 6 territory in Alberta as an advocate for worker rights and social, economic, and environmental justice. Before becoming ED at PIA, Brad served as the Chief of Staff to the Minister of Labour for the Alberta New Democrat government, where he helped implement Alberta’s $15 dollar minimum wage and set up North America’s first Coal Workforce Transition Fund.

Organizing, advocacy, and political action that centers on real stories and builds power are the principles that guide Brad’s work. He is committed to building diverse, inclusive, and equitable networks with Public Interest Alberta to help shape our province’s future. When he’s not working on campaigns or advocacy work, you can find Brad running around with his brilliant daughter Maven and their dog, Rufio.

Date/time: Thursday, November 2, 2023. The presentation begins at Noon & concludes at 1pm.

Cost: Free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Location: Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization (LSCO) Dining Room, 500-11 Street South, Lethbridge.

Lunch & refreshments: The Atrium Dining Room will be available by 11:15am. Please arrive early to patronize the LSCO cafeteria and enjoy their excellent variety of good-value food options.

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