WOODSTOCK -- A New Democrat Member of Parliament for Acadie-Bathurst, Yvon Godin, will be special guest for an Egmont NDP Riding Association information session on changes to Employment Insurance. The session will be held this Friday, March 1, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Rodd Mill River Resort.
Organizers point out Godin, the federal party’s Critic for Official Languages, is very knowledgeable about the EI program and has spoken extensively about the changes.
“EI reform is causing chaos in my region and across eastern Canada,” he stated in the House of Commons recently.
“In a democracy, if the government wants to reform Employment Insurance, it would usually consult the people - especially those who pay into the Employment Insurance fund, that is the workers and employers - and sit down together to try to find solutions to the problem.”
“We must stand together and tell the Conservative Government that their ideological approach is not acceptable,” said Egmont NDP president Rick Marleau. He does not believe the Harper Government does not understand the affects of its EI changes. “They just do not care,” he said.
Marleau is critical of the Federal Government’s hiring of agents to conduct visits of EI claimants, suggesting the agents have quotas to fill, something that could lead to unfair evaluations
Other speakers during the information session will include Joe Byrne, the NDP’s candidate in the Charlottetown riding during the 2011 Federal election and Mike Redmond, Provincial NDP leader in P.E.I.