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Evaluating Public-Sector Pensions: Are Federal Public Servants Overpaid?
April 2, 2014 - Malcolm Hamilton

Federal public servants have pension guarantees in their defined-benefit pension plans that are mispriced, causing Ottawa to seriously underestimate the cost of the pension plans and the total...

November 1, 2012 - Alexandre Laurin and William B.P. Robson

While Ottawa’s proposed reforms to the pension plans of federal employees and MPs are a move in the right direction, the deep flaws in these plans require more fundamental revisions, according to...

Winners and Losers: The Inequities within Government-Sector, Defined-Benefit Pension Plans
April 11, 2012 - Geoffrey Young

The payout formulas for defined-benefit (DB) pension plans, such as those typically provided to government employees across Canada, produce little-acknowledged yet striking inequities, according...

Fixing MP Pensions: Parliamentarians Must Lead Canada’s Move to Fairer, and Better-Funded Retirements
January 19, 2012 - William B.P. Robson

Fixing rich, underfunded MP pensions is a key step in pension reform, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Fixing MP Pensions: Parliamentarians Must Lead Canada’s...

Ottawa’s Pension Gap: The Growing and Under-reported Cost of Federal Employee Pensions
December 13, 2011 - Alexandre Laurin and William B.P. Robson

The federal government’s unfunded  liabilities for its employee pension plans  total $227 billion, far more than reported, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In “...

Mending Canada’s Employment Insurance Quilt: The Case for Restoring Equity
November 2, 2011 - Colin Busby and David Gray

The federal  Employment Insurance (EI) program plays favorites among Canada’s regions and sustains costly, long-lasting pockets of high unemployment, say the authors of a new report from the C.D....

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