Not even a day old and the Liberal government's pension plan bill is having serious repercussions. At least a hundred of Montreal's firefighters retired before midnight to avoid having their pensions hit.
Montreal's firefighters union says it contacted 450 employees eligible to take retirement when it found out about the tabling of the bill.
Union spokesperson Ronald Martin says at least a hundred members made the decision to retire.
He says they warned the mayor and the Couillard government that the city would be losing loads of experienced firefighters by passing the bill.
“We told them it was extremely dangerous because it would result in resignation and that’s what we’re seeing today,” Martin said.
The Liberals want the cities to address pension plan deficits by getting half the money from the workers.
Martin called the bill disgusting.
“They’re angry and disgusted, many were crying on the phone as the resigned.”
Martin says until they have the final number of retired firefighters he can't say how it will affect public security.