Press Conference on the “Black Hole”

This morning at the House of Commons here in Ottawa, an important press conference was held to announce the “black hole” situation that affects far too many seasonal workers in many regions of Quebec, New-Brunswick and across Canada. Many of these populations live and work according to a seasonal economy, where this situation leaves many of them unemployed.

Having said that, it was a non-partisan press conference, where several other MPs from other parties, including Marlène Gill and Mario Beaulieu (Bloc Québécois), Nikki Ashton, Guy Caron and Brigitte Sansoucy (NDP) and René Arseneault (LPC) came to show their support for this situation.

Thank you to you: Line Sirois, Action-Chômage Côte-Nord, Julie Brassard of ouvement Action-Chômage de Charlevoix, Charles Breton, Mayor of Tadoussac and Fernand Thibodeau, Member of the Committee on Employment Insurance for Seasonal Workers of New Brunswick, for being present today and for your continuous support for our workers in our beautiful rural areas who deserve to be supported and protected.

The coalition is calling on the federal government and its Minister responsible for the Employment Insurance program, the Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development to support the following:

“We want regions living with a seasonal economy to be declared protected areas and seasonal workers in these regions to benefit from the following measures:
• with an eligibility criterion set at 420 hours
• a sufficient benefit period to avoid the “black hole”, with a floor of 35 weeks, and a divider set at 12 “.