Workers will suffer new restrictions on EI – Jean Rousseau
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.