Mr. Speaker, the members of the International Association of Fire Fighters across Canada work hard and risk their lives every day.
Retirement at the age of 55 is accepted as a standard that is in the best interests of firefighters and the communities they serve. However, in part because they experience shorter lifespans, firefighters are prevented from enjoying pension plans to which they have contributed while employed.
Due to an inequity under Income Tax Act regulations, firefighters argue that a regulatory change is needed and would be an important first step in pension fairness.
I encourage all members of the House to consider this proposed regulatory change in the name of fairness for Canada's professional firefighters.