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Minister responsible for now-defunct ORPP gets new cabinet post

Indira Naidoo-Harris, Associate Minister of Education (Early Years and Child Care).
Indira Naidoo-Harris, Associate Minister of Education (Early Years and Child Care). Supplied

TORONTO – An Ontario cabinet minister who had been responsible for a now-defunct pension plan is being given a new post in the education ministry.

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced today that Indira Naidoo-Harris is now associate minister of education, responsible for early years and child care.

Wynne had been pushing for years for an improvement to the Canada Pension Plan, but established an Ontario Retirement Pension Plan when it appeared a CPP enhancement wouldn’t happen under the previous federal government.

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But in June, the country’s finance ministers reached an agreement on CPP, so the ORPP, which was to start in 2018, is no longer needed.

The Liberal government spent $70 million to create the no-longer-needed ORPP.

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Ratification of the CPP agreement in principle has been delayed by British Columbia saying it needs more time to consult the public and explain the deal to stakeholders.