EI program needs proper reform

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Once again we see the Government of Canada making reforms to the Employment Insurance Program. The latest being changes while working when the claimant has a claim open.

Over the past years many governments, regardless of the party in power, have taken a stab at Employment Insurance Program reforms, pretty much all to the impoverishment of the claimant.

As well we have occasionally seen the employment insurance fund develop a surplus of monies. Instead of using the surplus to develop beneficial programs for the claimant, we have seen the government confiscate the surplus funds and move the monies into a deep dark bottomless hole to be squandered on who knows what.

It is a fact that the Employment Insurance Program is funded by contributions from the employer and the worker. Which begs the following question: “Why is the Government of Canada involved in the Employment Insurance Program at all?”

What is really needed is true employment insurance reform. That could start with the Government of Canada completely withdrawing from the Employment Insurance Program and turning it over to the people who make the contributions and who best know the needs of the program, to be jointly managed by a committee of business and labour representatives.

Vaughan Davies,


Organizations: Employment Insurance

Geographic location: Canada, Charlottetown

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