Trying to make sense of the EI changes

by Aaron Wherry

Reaction to yesterday’s announcement from Windsor, Cape BretonRegina and Prince Edward IslandFarmers and fishermen have questions and concerns. Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter is unsure.

Elizabeth May recalls her own experience.

Ms. May said that from 1975 to 1980, she received what was then called unemployment insurance during the off-season while working as a waitress and cook at her family’s restaurant and gift shop business in Cape Breton, she says. Labelling regular users of EI, such as herself, as lazy or abusing the system is unfair, she said.

“I paid into employment insurance. When I needed it, I used it. When I didn’t, I didn’t. I raise my personal experience because I don’t think anyone should be ashamed that seasonal businesses in this country that are big, or small, have benefitted from a legal system of insurance that pays for itself.”




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Trying to make sense of the EI changes

  1. For 5 years in a row, in a city of ~150,000 she was unable to find a job waiting tables, cooking, or cleaning dishes? I find that incredibly hard to believe.

    After the next election, she’ll probably be needing to make another claim.

    • Who do you suppose cares what you find incredibly hard to believe? If you’ve got FACTS to share, then let’s see them.
      Otherwise, I find it just as incredibly hard to believe that you’re not a knee-jerk blather-spouting geyser – sort of like Old Faithful, except with less purpose.

    • Margaree Harbour in Cape Breton has a population of around 150,000? In what alternate universe?

  2. Elizabeth May is a great Canadian. Good for her for stepping up and acknowledging this. Any other MPs ever been on “the dole?” I mean, we do pay into it and it’s not welfare, right, so I hope a few more step up and admit when they’ve needed it and been glad it was there for them.

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