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Petitioning President, Treasury Board of Canada The Honourable Tony Clement
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President, Treasury Board of Canada
The Honourable Tony Clement

The Hon. Tony Clement, Treasury Board President: Honour Your Promise

There have been recent reports in the media that the Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, is considering non-negotiable changes to the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP) that would effectively double health insurance costs for federal retirees. This is a daunting and critical concern for seniors with fixed incomes who have a vital need for health care coverage. The most significant and negative impact of this will be felt by the most vulnerable retirees: those with limited financial means and serious health care concerns and needs. Some Canadian seniors may be forced to choose between health insurance and daily necessities, such as food, heat and rent.

The Government of Canada made a promise to its employees to provide retirement pensions and health care insurance as compensation for their services. Employees held up their part of this agreement during their careers, serving Canada with honour and dedication. And now the government, after benefitting from the services provided by its employees, is reportedly considering reneging on its promises.

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Letter to
President, Treasury Board of Canada The Honourable Tony Clement
Federal retirees’ health care coverage is addressed by the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP), an important program that provides health care benefits and services to over 500,000 federal employees, retirees and their eligible dependents. It is funded by contributions from plan members and the Government of Canada and is negotiated between the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada, as the employer, the bargaining agents of federal employees as represented at the National Joint Council and the National Association of Federal Retirees (FSNA).

There have been recent reports in the media that you, as President of the Treasury Board, are considering non-negotiable changes to the PSHCP that would effectively double health insurance costs for federal retirees. This is a daunting and critical concern for seniors with fixed incomes who have a vital need for health care coverage. The most significant and negative impact of this would be felt by the most vulnerable seniors: those with limited financial means and serious health care concerns and needs. Some Canadian seniors may be forced to choose between health insurance and daily necessities, such as food, heat and rent.

The Government of Canada made a promise to its employees to provide retirement pensions and health care insurance as compensation for their services. Employees held up their part of this agreement during their careers, serving Canada with honour and dedication. And now the Treasury Board and the Government of Canada, after benefitting from the services provided by its employees, are reportedly considering reneging on their promises.

I ask that President of the Treasury Board and the Government of Canada do the right thing: honour the promises made to federal employees, both past and present; and shelve any plans that would be detrimental to the retirement and health care security of federal retirees, including the changes reportedly being considered for the Public Service Health Care Plan. The Government of Canada and the Treasury Board must honour and respect the dedicated service its employees provide and that was provided by hundreds of thousands of retired public servants, and the promises made to them during their tenure with the Government of Canada.