Work­ers will suf­fer new re­stric­tions on EI – Jean Rousseau

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Ot­tawa

Mon­day’san­nounce­ment to fur­ther re­strict EI qual­i­fi­ca­tions is just an­other ex­am­ple of bad news for Cana­di­ans hid­den within the Con­ser­va­tives’ Tro­jan Horse budget bill, ac­cord­ing to NDP MP Jean Rousseau (Comp­ton-Stanstead).

“These mod­i­fi­ca­tions con­firm that the govern­ment is go­ing about this is­sue hap­haz­ardly, find­ing new way to cut spend­ing with­out any con­sid­er­a­tion for Cana­dian fam­i­lies and work­ers. This de­ci­sion clearly smacks of im­pro­vi­sa­tion. It will badly af­fect many work­ers” says M. Rousseau.

The changes an­nounced Thurs­day by the Con­ser­va­tives mean that fewer Cana­di­ans than ever will qual­ify for EI, more forced into lower wage jobs and oth­ers thrown to provin­cial wel­fare. The worst is that the min­is­ter re­fused to ex­plain these changes, in­clud­ing what she means by “suit­able em­ploy­ment.”

“This govern­ment for­gets that EI be­longs to the em­ploy­ees and em­ploy­ers who paid into it, not to the Charles). “At the end of the day, the same min­is­ter who ac­cused un­em­ployed Cana­di­ans of want­ing to stay on EI be­cause its ‘lu­cra­tive’ is now say­ing: just trust me. Cana­di­ans don’t trust Con­ser­va­tives to man­age EI in a bal­anced way.”

These new mea­sures will force work­ers to ac­cept lower-pay­ing jobs fur­ther from their home, or else see their ben­e­fits re­duced.

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