Hearings on the Couillard government's contentious pension reform bill resumed today in Quebec City, with the province's most prominent seniors' group taking the government to task for failing to consult them before going ahead.
The Fédération de l'Âge d'Or du Québec, which claims to represent 315,000 seniors in the province, is also signalling its intention to effectively boycott working groups set up by the government to look into Bill 3 — the proposed law which has drawn the ire of public sector unions across the province.
The FADOQ believes Bill 3, as it stands now, would inevitably make seniors poorer, and it also reiterated its demand for a province-wide strategy on seniors and aging.
Municipal affairs minister Pierre Moreau, meanwhile, said there will be changes to Bill 3 before it is adopted, without offering any specifics as to what those changes might be.
Meanwhile, the mayor of Longueuil, Caroline St-Hilaire, went before the hearings stressing the importance of having a settlement that's negotiated between both sides, and not imposed upon union members.