A controversial campaign to eliminate the 10-year residency requirement to qualify for old age benefits has been reopened and quickly closed.

Tuesday, the Ottawa Sun, among other news publications, reported that Vancouver East’s NDP MP Libby Davies had introduced a motion in June calling on the government to open the federal pension to recent immigrants.

However, it appears the motion will now be withdrawn. According to the Toronto Sun, NDP pension critic Wayne Marston said Davies introduced the motion “in error.”

“How the whole thing has occurred seems to be off track,” he said.

He suggested Davies’ office was confused about reviving private member’s bills sponsored by MPs defeated in May’s federal election.

Former Liberal MP Ruby Dhalla launched a similar effort in 2009 to reduce the old age pension residency requirement to three years; however, her proposed bill failed to receive support.

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jim brindle:

I would have no objection to the honourable member’s bill
being opened in the house PROVIDING:
All present qualified citizens RESIDENT IN CANADA are credited with and added to their present entitlement which they have earned and are entitled to,an AMOUNT equal to that proposed by the generous member to the new immigrants.I am sure all Canadians would seriously consider such a gesture.I also feel that the generosity of the member far exceeds that DEFICIT we presently are faced with and would serve no other purpose other than to finally achieve that which she and her glad handing party supporters obviously seek that being the the assured and destruction of the life that hard working CANADIANS have worked for ALL OF THEIR LIVES and most assuredly that of our children per stipe.
I believe the poor woman is in the final stages of dementia.

Tuesday, August 30 at 1:52 pm | Reply

Sylvain:

Why not start by eliminating for Canadians the restriction on medical coverage based on days of residency in Canada on a 12 months basis! I paid taxes, etc. for my whole life, and because I chose to go south for more than 6 months per year to rest my old bones… I am penalized!!! And I don’t even obverload the public system!!!

Tuesday, August 30 at 3:16 pm | Reply

Sylvain:

Why not start by eliminating for Canadians the restriction on medical coverage based on days of residency in Canada on a 12 months basis! I paid taxes, etc. for my whole life, and because I chose to go south for more than 6 months per year to rest my old bones… I am penalized!!! And I don’t even overload the public system!!!

Tuesday, August 30 at 3:17 pm | Reply

Marcel Poitras:

No way! It should instead be increased to 15 years. There are social security agreements in place to take care of that.

Tuesday, August 30 at 3:22 pm | Reply

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