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Thursday, 08 March 2012 16:00

EDITOR;
Liberal Finance Critic Scott Brison, the Member of Parliament for Kings-Hants, Nova Scotia, chose to pick a battle with me here in my riding of Medicine Hat. That’s fine, he’s more than welcome to speak his mind.
While reading Brison’s letter, that was published by the Medicine Hat News, as well as the Taber Times, I felt there were some inaccuracies found within. Several major organizations, and even members of his party, have said that our OAS system is unsustainable in its current form.
Even former Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chretien said in their government’s speech from the throne in 1996 “Everybody recognizes that demographic changes in our society mean that we will have to make changes to ensure that our pension system remains sustainable for future generations of Canadians.”
Our Prime Minister and our Conservative government agree with Mr. Chretien on this matter, not Scott Brison.
I find it interesting that Scott Brison claims to be very interested in the state of our economic system in general. This is a fellow who, while a Progressive Conservative MP, convinced people that he actually had a real interest in the way we manage our economic affairs. He decided that the Liberal way of higher taxes and spending was his way, so he jumped ship.
I would also like to point out that this is the same Scott Brison who was at the centre of an alleged Liberal Party scandal when their government was on its last legs in 2006.
It was said that he emailed CIBC with information that his government was going to change the income trust laws, attempting to give that institution an advantage. (Globe and Mail article, February 2006).
Saying that I’m fear-mongering or trying to mislead you on this or any other matter is simply untrue. Scott had ought to look at himself before trying to criticize others. Our government is taking the appropriate steps to ensure that our OAS system is sustainable for future generations.
We aren’t going to leave it to another government years down the road. Brison would have us pass the buck on this, but that’s the Liberal way of doing business, and we’re taking action. We’re going to make sure that OAS will be there when our grandkids retire.

LAVAR PAYNE, M.P.
Medicine Hat Constituency

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