Shea misses EI vote for ‘personal reasons’: aide

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Gail Shea

SUMMERSIDE – Communications officers for Revenue Minister Gail Shea are offering little detail on the Egmont MP’s decision to leave her seat in the House of Commons Wednesday evening, just prior to a vote to reverse controversial changes to the Employment Insurance program.

Clarke Olsen, said the minister had to leave.

“Basically, the story is Minister Shea had to leave the House (Wednesday) for personal reasons,” Olsen said.

The motion for the reversal was sponsored by the New Democratic Party. The minister had been in the House throughout the evening but left before voting.

“It’s clear the minister was in the house and she had to leave for personal reasons,” Olsen said.

The explanation gives the public very little insight into why the minister left, but Olsen said the public would glean from it what they will.

“I’ll leave people’s reactions up to them, right now,” he said. “The only comment I can offer on it at this point is she had top leave the House for personal reasons.”

Shea has backed the E.I. changes presented by the Stephen Harper government and has said E.I. will be there for Canadians who need it.

Several groups on the Island have requested the minister work to ease the impact of the changes.






Organizations: Employment Insurance, House of Commons, New Democratic Party

Geographic location: Iceland

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  • Ken
    February 08, 2013 - 13:08

    A more sophisticated term for her action would be " She Abstained " from the vote,as other officials do at the UN or other parliaments. Sounds better than "copping out " I am surprised her communications people or the PM haven't used the term and complimented her on her strategy, either way was a lose-lose situation. What else could she do other than being absent from her seat for the whole session ?

  • Billy
    February 08, 2013 - 09:37

    Come on, non of you complainers had a last minute, oh I gota go . Give her a break.

    February 08, 2013 - 08:25

    It only stand's if she fully backed the change to the EI system and destroy the maritime people and in fact destroy the Maritime's way of life .In case you have not noticed gail, this is a season region. It would NOT be in her best interest to stand up to reverse the change's to the new EI system. The harper government would put her on the back bench, where maybe she would have a lot of power to make change's for Canadian's.

  • billy
    February 08, 2013 - 05:17

    Maybe she had regrets.......maybe she had a change of heart.........maybe she had an epiphany...........nah she's from PEI where she was GIVEN a title as nobody else won from here for her party!! Well done Gail,,,,well done............. And could be me however is not a communications officer supposed to do just that? “I’ll leave people’s reactions up to them, right now,” And so shall we as ..............

  • Islander
    February 07, 2013 - 19:16

    Gail Shea should resign as she hasn't stood up for Islanders..pretty gutless move leaving before the vote....Gail your doing your job well at helping Harper pick on Atlantic Canada and our seasonal works.....SHAME ON YOU...