EI changes applauded

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I was very excited to hear the announcement by Egmont MP Gail Shea on Thursday regarding the changes to the Employment Insurance regions.

This change now corrects an injustice that occurred in 1996 when the Liberals created the EI regions and made all of P.E.I. one region. What this did was effectively penalize rural Islanders and seasonal employees by artificially inflating the rate for everyone inside the capital region of Charlottetown.

The new regulation will now correct this injustice. The EI rate in Tignish and Souris will now accurately reflect the unemployment in the region and the nature of the seasonal economy. 

This change in regulation did not happen overnight. This kind of effective change takes time.

Minister Shea saw the inequity and she worked with her cabinet colleagues and others within the system to find a solution.

This hard-working, dedicated Member of Parliament listened to Islanders and then delivered a solution. She did not attend public protests, she did not finger point, and she did not walk across the floor and join another party. No, she did her job!

I hope everyone who spent so much time criticizing our good MP and minister of Fisheries and Oceans, will now be equally vocal in supporting her good work. She deserves our thanks!    

Yvonne Wedge

Fortune Cove, P.E.I.

Geographic location: EI regions, Charlottetown, Tignish

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  • jon dough
    February 24, 2014 - 09:39

    she is so full of it its coming out her ears.

  • don
    February 24, 2014 - 00:40

    and what gets me is the whining mayor of the faker city. he says that gail is looking out for the people that voted her in. well that is the dumbest thing he has ever said. does he not do the same thing for the people that voted him in? he is getting to the point of needing to retire. and i hear they had to order in many truck loads of Kleenex as the mayor bought them all out from his tears. so tell us mayor what is the diff from you and gail? are you not looking out for your people right now? you and casey needs to look in the mirror and you will see that you are both twins. neither one knowing what to do but cry.