NDP MP Libby Davies has revived a highly controversial effort to eliminate the 10-year residency requirement to qualify for old age pension benefits. (File Photo)
OTTAWA - Possible federal NDP leadership hopeful Libby Davies has revived a highly controversial effort to eliminate the 10-year residency requirement to qualify for old age pension benefits.
The Vancouver MP has introduced a motion calling on the government to open the federal pension to recent immigrants who've made few, if any, contributions into Canada's state pension system.
That could also grant new arrivals access to the guaranteed income supplement.
Davies' effort comes through one of dozens of motions she tabled in the House of Commons back in June.
Former Liberal MP Ruby Dhalla once tabled a bill to reduce the old-age pension residency requirement to three years, but it failed to get support.
"I have received more angry mail in opposition to [Dhalla's] bill than on any other bill that has come before the House during my career," said Conservative MP Pierre Poilievere in an e-mail.
While Dhalla's bill was before the Commons, the Canadian Association of Retired Persons accused her of "poking into a hornet's nest" and called on her to back off.
Even Dhalla's Liberal colleagues left her out on a limb with seniors' critic Judy Sgro issuing a news release saying her party wouldn't support the move that would've cost an estimated $300 million to $700 million annually.
It's not clear when Davies' motion will come up for a vote in the Commons.
Among Davies' other motions are calls to guarantee a "right to welfare" and force the Canadian International Development Agency to serve only "fair trade coffee" at functions and its headquarters.