I wish to comment on The Guardian Sept. 10 article entitled "EI Premium freeze comes on the backs of seasonal workers: Easter."
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced a freeze on the planned five per cent increase to employment insurance premiums because fewer people were claiming employment insurance benefits and the operating account was on track to return to balance earlier than had been planned.
Dan Kelly, president and CEO of the Canadian Federation of independent business, lauded the freeze as a positive move, especially for small businesses in Canada.
The increase of five per cent would have meant that employers would have to pay almost .66 cents more for every $500 of their employee’s payroll.
There is no doubt that recent changes have disqualified many seasonal workers.
All four Atlantic premiers have said they view the changes as an attack on seasonal workers and industries and have united in calling for a re-examination of the reforms.
Marion E. MacCallum,