The Bloc and the NDP accuse Ottawa of breaking its word on employment insurance

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The Bloc and the NDP accuse Ottawa of breaking its word on employment insurance

The Bloc Québécois and the NDP criticize the federal Minister of Employment, Carla Qualtrough, for reneging on her commitment to implement insurance reform -employment.

New Democrats and Bloc Québécois joined their voices Thursday to criticize the Trudeau government for reneging on its commitment to reform employment insurance and to implore it to extend the temporary measures that facilitate access to the program due to end on Saturday.

The Liberal government is swearing workers and the unemployed, New Democratic Party (NDP) Deputy Leader Alexandre Boulerice said during a media scrum in the House of Commons foyer alongside pro-Liberty activists. rights of the unemployed who came knocking on Ottawa's door after a symbolic 200 kilometer march.

On Sunday, people who lose their jobs find themselves with the old system that does not work, where the majority of workers do not have access to employment insurance benefits when they lose their job, he continued, before ;accusing the government of laughing in the face of the world and betraying its word.

Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough is outright denying her commitments to reform the system, added Bloc Québécois spokesperson for human resources, skills development and social development, Louise Chabot.

By not wanting to commit to minimally keeping the eligibility criteria for temporary measures in place, she is abandoning a lot of people, said Ms. Chabot.

“It abandons pregnant women who will not be able, if they lose their job, to qualify for employment insurance. […] It abandons young people and women who occupy more and more atypical jobs. It abandons seasonal workers. »

— Louise Chabot, MP for the Bloc Québécois

However, the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed all the flaws in the employment insurance program, one of the most dysfunctional, inequitable and unfair of all those existing at the federal, provincial and coastal levels. to coast, said the spokesman for the National Council of the Unemployed, Pierre Céré.

“Let's not wait for the next crisis to fix the social safety net. It's after the storm that we fix the house. It's time to make this reform. »

— Pierre Céré, spokesperson for the National Council of the Unemployed

Mr. Céré, who walked from Montreal, feels the tide is turning and he fears the status quo. They are letting us down, he said.

We have always been told, privately and publicly, that reform will take over from temporary measures , said Mr. Céré. So, we felt that wind.

“And all of a sudden, I would tell you that, since June, for a few months, it has become opaque. There is nothing more that transpires. Then we worry. We try to communicate. What is your legislative game plan, what are you going to do? No answer. No answer. »

— Pierre Céré, spokesperson for the National Council of the Unemployed

Yet it was all there, he said, pointing out that the Liberals have a parliamentary majority – backed by New Democrats – and support in society. p>

“Don't let this apparent rise of the conservative right paralyze you. Don't let them stop progress.

—Pierre Céré, Spokesperson for the National Council of the Unemployed

Minister Qualtrough's office did not respond to a request for comment from The Canadian Press at time of publication.

During question period this week, Ms. Qualtrough replied in English to MP Chabot that the measures put in place during the pandemic no longer have their place. They were put in place due to extraordinary economic circumstances: shutdowns, lockdowns, layoffs, record unemployment.

“Yes , we are ending our temporary measures, but there is a good reason for that, and I can assure all workers in Canada that they will always have access to a robust, modern employment insurance system. and excellent who will be there for them.

— Carla Qualtrough, Federal Minister of Employment

The Minister's mandate letter instructed her to introduce and begin implementing by summer 2022 a plan to reform the EI program for the 21st century. In particular, it was to include a new benefit for the self-employed.

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