CUPE Local 1356 Blog

Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1356. We have three Collective Agreements as Local 1356, 1356-01, and 1356-02. The membership is comprised of the full-time and part-time workers of York University the Local website is at This Blog will include Local information and information garnered from sources other Universities, Colleges, Post Secondary/Tertiary Education and news sources supplying information.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Governor Dodge Discusses Efficiency and the Importance of Pension Plans

Canada's pension system should be strengthened so it can continue to play an important role in our economy and contribute to efficiency of financial markets, Bank of Canada Governor David Dodge said today.

In a speech to L'Association des MBA du Qu├ębec, Mr. Dodge discussed the incentives under which the large pools of capital of different types of pensions are accumulated and invested. With the proper incentives, these pools of capital can "not only maximize returns to support future pensioners, but also maximize the future growth of the economy's production capacity."

Mr. Dodge also noted that defined-benefit pension plans, which make up the bulk of private employer-sponsored pensions, have been in decline in recent years. A number of factors have contributed to this decline and "it is important that Canadian policy-makers consider taking steps to rebalance the incentives for sponsors to operate defined-benefit plans," he said.

The Governor concluded by stressing the importance of a sound pension system, not just because it sustains Canadians in their retirement, but also because it supports the efficiency of our financial markets and our overall economy. "For the sake of efficiency and for the future health of our economy, we must get the analysis right, and then we must act," Mr. Dodge said.

The speach is covered here


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