NDP Launching Campaign to Oppose EI Cuts for Nothern Seasonal Workers

For Immediate Release
July 6, 2012

NDP LAUNCHING CAMPAIGN TO OPPOSE EI CUTS FOR NORTHERN SEASONAL WORKERS

MANITOBA/SASKATCHEWAN – Canada’s NDP, supported by northern MLAs, have launched a petition to urge the Conservative government to scrap their reckless cuts to employment insurance (EI).

 The EI cuts will disproportionately damage jobs, families and the economy in northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan. A number of industries rely on seasonal workers in the northern economy, highlighted federal and Saskatchewan NDP legislators on Friday.  

NDP MP for Churchill Niki Ashton is launching a campaign to engage northerners and send a message to the federal government. “The Conservative government made the reckless decision to cut EI for seasonal workers, ignoring the importance of seasonal jobs to northern people," said Ashton.

“We need to send a clear message to the Harper government that we want them to reverse the EI cuts that will impact seasonal workers.” she added. “Seasonal jobs are key in the North and the federal government needs to recognize it”.

“Industries like tourism, fishing, forestry, construction and forest fire fighting are crucial in our economy,” said Athabasca MLA Buckley Belanger.  “Those industries rely on seasonal workers. An attack on those workers is an attack on the north.”

“The Harper Conservatives don’t appear to understand the northern Prairies,” said Doyle Vermette, MLA for Cumberland. “That’s why it’s important that northern people and our allies sign a petition and send our voices straight to Ottawa.” 

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Robin Steudel, Regional Media Officer, 613-222-2863 or robin.steudel@parl.gc.ca