Monthly Archives: September 2009

The Pension Crusades

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September 27, 2009
The Pension Crusades

Activity has started up on the pension front as the fall begins. The summer was a little slower as everyone took a well needed break from what had happened in the economy over the past year. Last week on a personal level there were some successes in the pension crusade and some disappointments. A...
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The High Cost of Government

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September 18, 2009
The High Cost of Government

In the Vancouver Sun today there was an article today from Veldhuis at the Fraser Institute. He notes that in BC the Finance Minister pointed out in a speech, “provincial health spending has risen by 45 per cent” since 2002. And that there was a 4.9-per-cent increase over last year’s total spending of $38.3...
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Supplementary Plans and Pension Shortfalls in Alberta

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September 14, 2009
Supplementary Plans and Pension Shortfalls in Alberta

Alberta and the rest of the Western Premiers are Pushing for new Pension Plan It is a great idea but how will it be funded? The Fraser Institute figures that already we work more than 5 months before we start to save money for ourselves. How can we save more money for the Supplementary...
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Pensions battle for profits

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September 12, 2009
Pensions battle for profits

Earlier in the week my Pension Socialism blog touch on the large ownership interests that pension have in our country. One of the threats that I see is the large pools of capital that are being accumulated and invested by public sector pension plans. They love monopoly or oligopoly type investments. Profits are high...
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The Socialism of Pension Funds

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September 9, 2009

Some of my earliest research into pension funds led me to the writings of Peter Drucker. He envisioned in the 1970′s that a move towards power in the hands of the worker through their ownership of the means of production. This ownership would be controlled by worker’s pensions. The 1970′s were the beginning of...
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Unions have the spotlight for Labour Day

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September 8, 2009
Unions have the spotlight for Labour Day

Labour Day is a good time to remember the workers in our society who are the backbone of Canada. There have been many songs dedicated to the average on the street worker. We like to think of labour as the type of worker personified in the Garth Brooks song – American Honky Tonk Bar...
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Pension changes ahead this fall

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September 7, 2009
Pension changes ahead this fall

The climate is ripe for changes in pensions in Canada and throughout the developed world. This fall numerous government and public policy groups will be examining, dissecting and discussing pension reform. Leo at the Pension Pulse reported on a BBC report about the Labour party proposing limits to the amount of pensions that public...
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