Childishly, and with callous disregard to Canadians who lost their jobs in the recession that Harper said would never happen, Harper laid a trap for the Liberals and the Liberals in the Senate.......it didn't however work as planned...to advance Harper's political image at the expense of the Liberals and using unemployed Canadians as his pawns:
Subject: Just the Facts: EI Benefits under the Budget Implementation Act
. Mr. Flaherty's appearance before the Senate National Finance Committee yesterday alongside his departmental advisors brought to light an important part of this legislation that in the six weeks since the Budget, the government has failed to disclose.
. Buried inside this omnibus bill is a provision that allows the five-week extension of EI benefits to be applied retroactively from the date the bill receives royal assent by approximately two weeks.
. This is contradicted by the budget, which has no funding identified for extended EI benefits before March 31st (page 121) and the government's own accountability report at page 74 which states that "Funding to Flow/Benefits Available - April."
. The passage of this bill will ensure that eligibility for extended EI benefits will be available immediately.
. The provision itself reads:
Coming into Force
231. (1) Subsection 224(1) is deemed to have come into force on the second Sunday before the day on which this Act receives royal assent.
Office of the Leader of the Opposition
Thursday, March 12, 2009
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