Ashton Calls on Government to Withdraw EI Cuts Targeting Northern Seasonal Workers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 30, 2012

 Ashton Calls on Government to Withdraw EI Cuts Targeting Northern Seasonal Workers

 OTTAWA - Today in the House of Commons, Niki Ashton MP (Churchill) demanded the withdrawal of EI changes targeting seasonal workers in Northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan and pointed to the complete lack of understanding on the part of the Government of the economic reality in the North.

Ashton focused on forest firefighters, many of them seasonal workers, who risk their lives when needed to keep communities safe. "When they return, they will be targeted as ‘frequent applicants.’ Will this Government support our heroes, the people that keep us safe, and withdraw the EI cuts that target seasonal workers?" demanded Ashton.

In response, Minister of Human Resources and Development, Diane Findley made no reference to forest firefighters or other seasonal jobs that largely exist in Northern Canada.

"The first step is to acknowledge the reality of the Northern economy and that many Aboriginal and Northern communities depend on seasonal work," commented Ashton. "From keeping our communities safe from forest fires to sustaining families and communities that already struggle with poverty, these cuts will have a devastating impact on Northern and Aboriginal communities".

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