QUÉBEC, Sept. 26, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Association québécoise des
retraité(e)s des secteurs public et parapublic (AQRP) is asking the
Fraser Institute to correct the data shown for Quebec in the study of
Canadian public sector pension plans that was released today. "On the
complex subject of retirement, exactness is called for, in order to
avoid an unwarranted scare campaign about our pension plans," declared
the President of the AQRP, Mrs. Lyne Parent.
Contrary to the statement made in the Fraser Institute's study, it is
not true that the $74 billion liabilities of Quebec's public sector
pension plans are unfunded. In fact, according to Quebec government
budget documents, the value of the Retirement Plans Sinking Fund (RPSF)
represents over 60% of the value of that liability. Therefore the "net"
pension plan liability comes to $28 billion, an error of over $45
billion by the Fraser Institute.
The description of the net pension plan liability, prepared by Quebec's
Ministère des finances, is available at this address (page D.5):
The Fraser Institute's study asserts the following: "Quebec reported
unfunded liabilities of $75 billion". It is available at this address:
With nearly 28,000 members, the AQRP is the main independent association
of Quebec government pensioners. There are over 285,000 public and
parapublic sector pensioners in Quebec.
SOURCE: AQRP - ASSOCIATION QUEBECOISE DES RETRAITE(E)S DES SECTEURS PUBLIC ET PARAPUBLIC
For further information:
Martin Lanouette, Communication Agent, 418 805-1282
Mathieu Santerre, Director of Communications, 418 928-2608