Bon­sant wants re­form of em­ploy­ment in­surance

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Bloc MP France Bon­sant would like the Harper gov­ern­ment to make per­ma­nent the pilot projects and the tran­si­tory mea­sures re­lated to the em­ploy­ment in­surance sys­tem that will end this sum­mer. “With an un­em­ploy­ment rate that was ap­proach­ing 9% in 2010, the man­power in the Comp­ton-Stanstead rid­ing,needs these projects to con­tinue. Strongly rep­re­sented in the re­gion, the forestry in­dus­try and the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor have been heav­ily af­fected and are still hav­ing trou­ble re­bound­ing,” said Mrs. Bon­sant.

The pilot projects that Mrs. Bon­sant would like to see con­tinue are pilot pro­ject no.13, which low­ers the min­i­mum num­ber of hours needed to work to be ad­mis­si­ble for a first re­quest and ended in De­cem­ber; pro­ject no. 11 al­lows the cal­cu­la­tion of earn­ings based on the best 14 weeks; pro­ject no. 12 al­lows ben­e­fi­cia­ries to earn sup­ple­men­tary in­come while re­ceiv­ing ben­e­fits. Projects 11 and 12 are slated to dis­con­tinue in June and Au­gust, 2011, re­spec­tively.

“Very soon, these pilot projects should be in­te­grated into the sys­tem, how­ever, only a global re­form of the em­ploy­ment in­surance can give the work­ers an eq­ui­table sys­tem adapted to the needs of the re­gions and of all Que­bec,” con­cluded the deputy.

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