Human Resources, Skills Development, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (February 1, 2012)
The committee began discussion of a private member’s bill (C-316) to repeal a provision of the Employment Insurance Act which currently extends the qualifying and benefit periods for time spent incarcerated.
Conservative MP Richard Harris explained the nature of his bill and responded to questions. Sharon Rosenfeldt, president of the group Victims of Violence, spoke about the importance of the bill. Gregory Thomas, federal director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, recommended that more research be done before making any changes to that particular provision of the EI Act.