Most anything former premier Brad Wall does these days is viewed with some suspicion. His recent promotion of a Buffalo Pension Plan (BPP) — an Alberta/Saskatchewan pension plan that could replace the Canada Pension Plan out west — is certainly no exception.
Wall recently tweeted that Alberta-Saskatchewan’s younger demographic would benefit from a lower contribution rate than the current CPP. It’s policy activism we’re not exactly used to seeing from retired Saskatchewan premiers.
And given his involvement with the political action committee-like Buffalo Project — suspiciously viewed as shilling for the oil industry and conservative politicians for the purposes of defeating the NDP in Alberta and the Liberals in Ottawa — some will assume he’s just pushing a political agenda from a non-elected venue.
But what if Wall and others exploring this notion happen to be right? Notwithstanding suspicions over Wall’s agenda and the politics, what if there are advantages to be gained by setting up a regional CPP?