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article imageNew Brunswick Government Introduces Same Sex Pension Benefits Legislation

By Bob Ewing     Dec 19, 2007 in Politics
The province of New Brunswick has introduced legislation into the Legislature that will allow same sex couple to receive pension benefits from their spouse. The Pensions Benefits Act will be amended.
The province of New Brunswick catches up with the other nine provinces as the provincial legislature introduces a bill to grant same sex couple the right to access pension benefits.
A CBC report says the bill will apply to people who work in the private sector.
The New Brunswick bill brings the province in laccord with a 1999 Supreme Court of Canada that ruled that the opposite-sex definition of "spouse" in the Ontario Family Law Act was in violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
According to this decision, governments cannot limit benefits by discriminating against same-sex common-law relationships because it is contrary to the principles of equality in the Charter.
"This bill will allow for greater clarification for those who interpret the legislation to allow same-sex couples to be eligible for pension benefits," said Justice Minister T.J. Burke.
The bill will amend the Pensions Benefits Act by including same sex couples.
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