Question Period: Employment Insurance Reform

By: The Hon. Diane Bellemare

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Majors Hill Park, Ottawa

Hon. Diane Bellemare: My question is for the Government Representative and concerns employment insurance. I asked you this question a while ago, but we know that the government announced that there would be a reform proposal in the summer of 2022. It is now December 12 and there is still no reform proposal.

Do you have an idea of when we will see a substantive reform proposal for employment insurance? What process will the government use to collect its ideas and once again consult Canadians about specific proposals?

Hon. Marc Gold (Government Representative in the Senate): Thank you for the question on this reform, which is important. That is something the government is committed to doing. Unfortunately, I don’t have the information you’re looking for. I’m unaware of the schedule or the steps, but I will look into it and try to get an answer.

Senator Bellemare: I have a supplementary question. As you know, Senator Gold, I introduced Bill S-244, which received support from major employer and union associations for its proposal to add an advisory council to the Canada Employment Insurance Commission.

I introduced the bill and I made representations. Do you think the government will introduce this bill in the context of its reform?

Senator Gold: Thank you for your question. I will add that to my research to try to get an answer.

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