Employment Insurance (E.I.) Petitions Introduced in Parliament

Hansard – January 29, 2009

Introduction of Petition on Employment Insurance (E.I.)

Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): I have another petition, Mr. Speaker, with regard to employment insurance.

It is a very timely petition, given the fact that the budget did not act on improving EI accessibility for workers across the country. In fact, not a single new person will be able to access employment. All the government is proposing to do is extend the benefit weeks by five weeks.

The petitioners are asking that EI would be reformed so claimants would actually get 55% of their benefit back and there would be greater eligibility. They particular note that $54 billion was taken from the employment insurance fund and not returned to workers and that is outright theft.