Province To Create Committee To Study EI Changes
Alward says his government needs more information on the changes
The Canadian Press
The provincial government is creating a committee of senior civil servants to study the federal government's proposed changes to Employment Insurance.
Premier David Alward says his government needs more information before being able to pass judgement on the measures, despite the fact the three other Atlantic premiers have all denounced the changes.
Among the proposed measures, regular recipients of the EI program would have to consider lower paying jobs that could require a commute of up to an hour.
Economic Development Minister Paul Robichaud says the information received so far from the federal government is not clear and it's premature to offer a comment.
He says the committee will report by mid-June.
Liberal Opposition Leader Victor Boudreau says the EI changes will have devastating effects on New Brunswick and the premier should be joining forces with the other Atlantic premiers to oppose them.