Editor: It is no wonder that MLA Hal Perry crossed the floor to the Liberals, citing being able to better question the new EI legislation.
These rules penalize seasonal workers and force many of them to work in the Alberta oil industry to fill the many vacancies at, it seems, a cheaper labour rate. Perfect situation for the Harper administration.
It is no wonder either that Hal Perry will not speak to Minister Shea about the new EI rules since the issue with Marlene Giersdorf in February this year brought comments from both Gail Shea and Minister Finley that ‘there was another side to the story’ to justify the rejection of the claim.
However, Ms. Giersdorf’s claim was re-instated and there was no clarification of what the ‘other side of the story’ was. This clearly indicates that Minister Shea supports the new rules and there was no ‘other side of the story’. Too bad that all mistakenly rejected EI claimants are not in the position to protest publicly.
It is sad that former Progressive Conservative Gail Shea supports the Harper neo-conservative government, formally Reform and/or Alliance, lest we forget, before amalgamating with the PCs due to perceived ‘trickery’ by Peter MacKay. By virtue of the word ‘Conservative’, it seems that the P.E.I. PC hierarchy sadly does not differentiate.
The recent revelation that Senator Mike Duffy paid prominent P.E.I. PC ‘back room boys’ for information, statistics and speech writing services concerning federal and provincial issues on P.E.I. is further confirmation that the P.E.I. Progressive Conservatives have a bond with the Harper government, which in my mind is ‘regressive’ not ‘progressive’.
I would suggest that the defection of Hal Perry speaks volumes of what he has been up against with the P.E.I. PC hierarchy, and no doubt the dismissal of Olive Crane is due to a difference in philosophies. He will surely have more impact joining the Liberals than sitting as an independent.
John R. Shakespeare,