Egmont NDP tackling EI changes

Eric McCarthy
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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.

Organizations: Employment Insurance, Egmont NDP Riding Association, Rodd Mill River Resort House of Commons Harper Government Federal Government NDP

Geographic location: Eastern Canada, Charlottetown, P.E.I.

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  • Lee Smith
    March 13, 2013 - 00:40

    I am not from your island, but from the island of Newfoundland. I am a seasonal worker as well, but I have held full time jobs as well. Most seasonal workers are not lazy as some would claim. Most of the people I work with take other jobs, when they are available, and when that job is financialy feasable. The truth of the matter is, that more and more employers are going with the temporary work arrangements, and on call instead of scheduled shifts. Many business operations hire large group of temporary workers in April, and lay them all off by January. That's just as true in Ontario or Alberta as it is in Newfoundland or Prince Edward Island. In ninety nine percent of the cases where people are working seasonal or temporary work, it is because those are the only kinds of jobs available to them. In my case, I've held full time jobs, and would have no problem taking another. There are just no full time jobs around here that wouldn't cost you more then you make, and many simply don't have the money or resources to move to western canada.

  • richard
    March 05, 2013 - 17:31

    i'm sorry nick but not everyone abuses the ei system and further more you wouldn't have to look very hard to find someone taking advantage of any system, in any province. and harperite why is there an unemployment rate in alberta, you would think the government would be more concerned about people not working in a province that actually has jobs to fill.but you don't care you're better than the rest of us because you have a full time job. sure you can say uproot your family and go west,( like you would if the shoe is on the other foot) but take away all seasonal jobs like you and harper want and see how long you have your precious full time job.

  • Liz
    March 02, 2013 - 22:21

    This is the first time I've heard an islander talk about the abuse of EI. It is true that full-time workers do subsidize the part-timers but they don't see it that way. My friends and neighbors have got it figured out down to the day how many hours they have to put in to qualify for their insurance. And the funny thing is they feel they are entitled to it. This is been going on for so many years they don't understand that the rest of the workforce is Tired of subsidizing their time off with pay.

  • Billy
    March 01, 2013 - 10:52

    Why is it that every time I look at this site someone is complaining about EI? There was always rules in place, If you are on EI, you have to be looking for work. Its about time the crack down has come. Nick has made the point!

  • Nick
    February 28, 2013 - 19:03

    For too many people, PEI already IS a vacation spot. Working a low level job for 4 months shouldn't entitle you to live on PEI for 8 more. I've watched people go for vacations out of the country and still collet EI (you're not supposed to), not look for work (you're supposed to) and pretend to be stupid in interviews if they were forced to go to them (just slimy, immoral). If you're working 4 months at a low level job, how is that anyone else's problem or responsibility? "We need seasonal workers!" Yeah, and the guy/gal that did roadwork one season can plough snow in another. People who tried in school, got diplomas and degrees, etc. and have the self respect to want to do something useful full time end up paying the tab. Face reality, let's not kid ourselves about the actual number of people working and being useful. We can't support that. It's unwarranted to have 8-10 months off.

  • ISLANDER
    February 28, 2013 - 07:27

    I for one am very happy that they are having a EI meeting down this end of the island. If l did not have to work in Charlottetown all this weekend , l would be there early. I can pretty much agree that this meeting will be a FULL house with people standing because of not enough sit's. This meeting is going to have a lot of confused people and maybe some angry people.

  • John W. A. Curtis
    February 27, 2013 - 20:41

    If onus isn't placed on employers to employ their workers longer P.E.I. will remain a have not province

  • hope it works
    February 27, 2013 - 17:43

    Harper won't be happy until the eastern provinces are nothing but a summer home for all his rich contributors and Alberta is full of maritime slave labor. funny with all this talk of abuse to the system and our seasonal employment but the "HAVE" provinces have an unemployment rate too. wouldn't you think it would be easy for them to find a job, all the people forced out west seem to not have any problem, but i guess the east coast is just a bunch of second class lazy people who are a burden and a disgrace to the country. right Harper?

    • HARPERITE
      March 01, 2013 - 16:28

      I would hardly call them slave labour at rates in excess of $38. an hour for labourers and lots of OT that bumps that up to over $60 to $70. an hour, while you sit at home for 8 months on EI and work 4 months at minmimum wage.Get of your dufus and go out there to work so your family can survive instead of laying around all winter doing nothing., year after year. You should be ashamed of yourself.