A rally was held in Toronto on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 to protest the impending changes to Canadian pensions. Hours later, the Second National Summit on Pension Reform took place inside the Arcadian; the summit was attended by representatives from Sun Life Financial, the Financial Sector Regulation and Policy (FSRP) Division of Alberta, Canada’s Public Policy Forum, Toronto Financial Services Alliance, and the Rotman International Centre for Pension Management, just to name a few; no aging Canadians or their representatives were asked to attend. Jean Claude Parrot, former National President of CUPW, gave a passionate speech outside of the Arcadian. He was joined by Jo-Ann Hannah, Director of Pensions and Benefits at Unifor National, President Herb John, and Canadian Labour Council President Hassan Yusseff. Supporters handed out petition flyers and information packages to passers-by, and many stopped to learn inquire about the summit, and how the potential changes to pension plans would affect their future.
Herb John—President of NPF—Speech at Defend Our Pensions! Rally
Jean Claude Parrot—Former National President of CUPW—Speech at Defend Our Pensions! Rally
Hassan Yussuff—President of the Canadian Labour Council—Speech at Defend Our Pensions! Rally
Jo Ann Hannah—Director of Pensions and Benefits at Unifor National—Speech at Defend Our Pensions! Rally
Videos Courtesy of Nadine MacKinnon.