MP NIKI ASHTON QUESTIONS THE LIBERALS’ COMMITMENT TO EI EQUALITY

NDP MP NIKI ASHTON QUESTIONS THE LIBERALS’ COMMITMENT TO EI EQUALITY

OTTAWA – Today, NDP MP Niki Ashton demanded that the government fix EI and make it accessible to unemployed working women in Canada.

“Despite the Liberals’ so-called feminist cred, they’ve done nothing for women who need to access EI. [...] Women in Canada are paying the price of an EI system that discriminates against them,” said MP Ashton during today’s Question Period.

MP Ashton pointed out that only one third of unemployed women have access to EI compared to half of men. Only 35.2% of unemployed women have access to Employment Insurance, whereas it is available to 52.5% of men. In addition, women must work the necessary hours to become eligible for EI once they return to work after maternity leave. “Why have the Liberals failed to deliver for working women, and when will they fix this injustice?” asked MP Ashton.

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