Shea: EI there if jobs are not

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Revenue minister responds to Monday’s ‘Day of Action’

Robert Gallant, foreground, and Roger Byers present Gardiner MacNeill, special assistant to Federal Revenue Minister Gail Shea, with cans of beans to symbolize future hardships that many Islanders will face this winter when the Employment Insurance cuts will be fully realized.

SUMMERSIDE - Getting people off employment insurance is a major priority of the federal government, says Egmont MP Gail Shea.

"Our government wants all Islanders who are looking for work to be able to find a job in their area,” the Revenue Minister said in a statement released from her Ottawa office. “If no jobs are available, EI will be there for them.”

The minister was responding to Monday’s Day of Action event staged by a group of community and labour representatives calling itself the EI Coalition. In a symbolic gesture, group members delivered cans of beans to Shea’s Summerside and Charlottetown offices to symbolize future hardships for Island workers.

The coalition claims recent Employment Insurance changes will have the strongest impact on workers in eastern Canada.

They said for workers in the Atlantic provinces, these reforms are catastrophic because their impact will be hardest on the thousands of workers in seasonal industries such as fishing, forestry, construction and tourism, including a high proportion of women. Prince Edward Island has many workers relying on employment insurance mainly during the winter months.

They said, however, P.E.I. can boast the second highest employment rates in Canada during the busy season.

Shea countered, the federal government has created many new jobs on the Island and will continue to do so and provide the training necessary to fill those positions.

“Our government is also supporting P.E.I.'s economy,” she said. “We have increased transfers to P.E.I. to an all time high and made record investments in infrastructure, including housing for seniors and the disabled. We have invested more than $60 million to support the Atlantic lobster industry and supported the agriculture, bioscience, aerospace and IT sectors. Supporting job creation in these sectors is working. Statistics Canada recently reported that almost 60,000 new jobs were created in Canada last month, with 700 of those new jobs created in P.E.I."

Organizations: Employment Insurance, EI Coalition, Statistics Canada

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. Canada Ottawa Charlottetown

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  • statler
    December 13, 2012 - 05:10

    Way to go Shea, tell the people that E.I. will be there for them if no work is available THEN THE WORD COMES OUT THAT THEY WILL NEED APROX, 16 WEEKS TO MAKE A CLAIM OOOH NO SURPRISE IN THIS KIND OF LEADERSHIP ALL SMOKE AND MIRRORS

    • boyso
      December 13, 2012 - 21:10

      SMOKE AND MIRRORS of the work we go do the do the day, get a job statler and quit complaining

  • concernedislander
    December 13, 2012 - 00:26

    Ah yes good old Gail doing as she said she would if she got elected helping out the islanders is it true could she of meant our buissneses and our homes looking that way hmmmmmm i know get Olive to help oh wait she dont know if she is comming or going great now what

  • saurdigger
    December 12, 2012 - 21:27

    Maybe the 700 jobs are in the Plan B road construction. The Feds are dumping $8 million into that make-work project. Just because we won't see any long-term benefits besides a (hopefully) safer stretch of road and a lot of PEI long term debt to pay off doesn't mean they aren't "making" jobs. Right? Personally, I would've been far more impressed with our governments if they'd negotiated to use the money in either multiple smaller highway projects (if it must be used for highways) or negotiated a smaller portion of the money towards something that would've provided more long-term benefit.

  • Ulfric
    December 12, 2012 - 17:26

    What they fail to tell us is after x-mas, 600 of those jobs will be gone. There are never more than 150 jobs on the job bank. Rarely no more then 30 average joe jobs Island wide. That said, the only reason EI will be there is because they have eliminated too many jobs that enforce their new agenda

  • More cuts coming
    December 12, 2012 - 16:47

    What Gail Shea failed to mention is that deeper cuts to EI are coming in 2013. Seasonal workers will be hit hardest. The way the amount of money for Ei is being calculated is going to change and Islanders will see major cuts to Ei checks across the board. Cuts will not effect Alberta. Way to go Gail!

  • Chet
    December 12, 2012 - 16:05

    Shea should be more careful. The 700 jobs is a very loose claim to make. It is monthly stats can reporting, meaningful over several months but not so much for any one month at a time. The report itself states every single one of the 700 is part time job. Fulltime jobs did not increase. Shea should be more careful. She is starting to brag as loosely as the Ghizster. Life on PEI really is different for people not hauling down senior government paychecks, people. Costs are going up, taxes are going up and EI is being cut. Go easy on the bragging, politiciains.

  • Whining Whining
    December 12, 2012 - 15:43

    Whining is all you people seem to do , maybe you should have worked at some of them job's that the factories are bringing in foreign worker's to do that PEIslanders feel is below their work grade . I see fishermen now doing what they did in the past when the season was finished . Only difference being out West compared to the woods in NB or northern NFLD&Lab. With the greed of goverment today , two months of work will just not cut it this day & age . Go west young man go west . Was that not the chime a few years ago as well .

  • don
    December 12, 2012 - 15:09

    shea lol you give 700 new jobs after you fire 800 now that is a good math. you are treating our vets like crap. theses guys went to war and some died so you would have the job and HIGH pay that you have today. and who is paying for 2 offices on PEI? to me all three levels of government do not give a rats butt about our vets.but i would like to see all levels of government go to irag etc you guys starts the wars then you guys fight it. and i bet you all will fid a way to stop the wars.

  • Jacinta
    December 12, 2012 - 15:07

    I sure hope she is ready to put her money where her mouth is!

  • Bill
    December 12, 2012 - 12:53

    It is easy for a government that is led by a person that comes from the richest province in Canada to believe that EI is not as necessary as it is. How about some money put into the other fisheries as well, and not only the lobster industry. When we go and big grocery store, the cans of oysters mainly come from Korea, why not have Island oysters processed and canned here, that could be an untapped resource for more jobs here in one of the hardest places in Canada to find gainful employment. The Federal Government could be doing much much more to entice industry, both domestic as well as foreign, to set up shop here in PEI. This should be a priority for all levels of government. With more industry, unemployment levels would be seriously reduced and ease some of the strain that is on the EI system.

    • And WHY
      December 12, 2012 - 13:10

      Why does or canned fruit come from USA, South Ameria, China and Australia, when we have plenty growing in the Maritimes that would also make lovely canned food? Just wondering, who's doing the grafting?

    • mmoore
      December 12, 2012 - 13:35

      EI there if jobs are not... wonderful... and what happens when the EI runs out and the jobs still are not there??? Especially when I read this week that public service will be undergoing major cutbacks again in the coming year. How are we supposed to support our kids and families when the EI Runs out....

  • crazy
    December 12, 2012 - 12:51

    "Shea countered, the federal government has created many new jobs on the Island and will continue to do so and provide the training necessary to fill those positions". Did I read this right??? How many job have they taken away?

  • POP
    December 12, 2012 - 12:46

    With that said! Creating more jobs, how much has our population grown, with all these PNP immigrants, which are also now competing with us for jobs. Some ideas from Gov. are not very well thought out. Let's increase our population, and then cut EI, !

  • DIDN'T KNOW
    December 12, 2012 - 12:42

    Didn't know that can beans are a sign of hardship, that's what we have been eating all year, practically, instead of foul meat, "foul smelling and foul tasting" that is. Beans are delicious with a slice of bread (real bread) and butter. We do still eat some fowl, but not with the beans.

  • brian
    December 12, 2012 - 12:40

    Could someone please list a few of the 700 new jobs created in PEI LAST MONTH.

  • concern fisherman
    December 12, 2012 - 12:38

    Shea you tories are so great could you tell us where the 60,000,000 dollars went i fish lobsters and as far as your 60 million goes the $3.50 a pound i get at the wharf you cant survive on , with out going out west every winter to work to help pay the bills. So I don't know who you think your kidding, don't forget where you came from and who put you there. You are good for nothing.

  • where is the list of seven hundred jobs in PEI
    December 12, 2012 - 12:25

    700 jobs created on PEI?????? Where????? When???? Why does the Guardian print this crap without some obvious questions?????