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Trudeau Expresses Deep Concern over Alberta’s Possible Canada Pension Plan Exit

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Expresses Deep Concern Over Alberta’s CPP Withdrawal Proposal

In a strongly worded statement, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has voiced his profound concerns regarding Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s proposal to withdraw the province from the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).

In an open letter addressed to Premier Smith on Wednesday, Trudeau made it clear that he has given explicit instructions to his cabinet and officials to do “everything within their power” to safeguard the continued existence of the CPP. He cautioned that any move by Alberta to exit the plan would undoubtedly inflict significant harm.

“Alberta’s withdrawal would weaken the pensions of millions of seniors and hardworking people in Alberta and right across the country,” the letter said.

“Withdrawing Albertans from the Canada Pension Plan would expose millions of Canadians to greater volatility and would deny them the certainty and stability that has benefitted generations.”

Trudeau addresses the growing cost of living putting strain on Canadians, saying they “need to have continued faith that their financial future is secure.”

“We are living in a time of unprecedented challenges. External forces and events – from geopolitical unrest to climate change, and more – are having a direct impact on people here at home. As leaders, we have a duty to protect Canadians from these headwinds – not to introduce even more uncertainty and instability,” the letter says.

Premier Smith initiated a provincewide consultation process in September to gauge public sentiment on the prospect of leaving the Canada Pension Plan and establishing an Alberta Pension Plan. Simultaneously, she released a report that contended Alberta is entitled to over half of the CPP’s assets.

According to the third-party report, Alberta should claim a substantial $334 billion, representing 53 percent of the CPP, should the province decide to exit the program in 2027, following the mandated three-year notification period.

Nonetheless, the proposal has encountered substantial opposition, including from Alberta’s business community, investors, and political adversaries, who argue that it would introduce considerable instability and uncertainty into the financial landscape.

Prime Minister Trudeau emphasized in his letter that Canadians should not live in apprehension concerning the stability of the CPP during their retirement years.

When Premier Smith originally introduced the plan in September, her stated goal was to benefit Albertans and to convey a message to Ottawa, urging the federal government to recognize and appreciate the province’s substantial contributions to the nation’s fiscal well-being.

In his most recent communication, Prime Minister Trudeau pledged that his cabinet and officials would take “all necessary measures” to ensure that Albertans and Canadians are fully informed about the potential risks associated with Premier Smith’s proposal.

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