05/28/2014 11:29 EDT | Updated 07/28/2014 05:59 EDT

Ontario Pension Plan: Horwath Waiting On Federal Election


TORONTO - Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says she'll consider the possibility of a provincial pension plan if the next federal government isn't willing to address the issue on a national scale.

The governing Liberals' May 1 budget _ which Horwath shot down, triggering the election _ called for the creation of an Ontario pension plan.

New Democrats have made no mention of a provincial plan in their campaign platform, despite pitching a similar idea in 2010.

Horwath says she wants to wait and see if next year's federal election will bring in a government willing to improve the Canada Pension Plan, something Prime Minister Stephen Harper has repeatedly rejected.

Harper and his cabinet ministers say the proposed Ontario Retirement Pension Plan _ a showpiece of the Liberal's re-election platform _ would hurt the economy because workers and employers would be forced to contribute to the plan.

The Liberals say the provincial pension would be mandatory for people who do not currently have a workplace pension plan.

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