Bonsant wants reform of employment insurance
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.