EI Reform Will Weaken Family Farms: Anne Minh-Thu Quach

OTTAWA – The employment insurance reform imposed on seasonal workers will further weaken family farms in the region, said New Democrat MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Beauharnois‒Salaberry) this afternoon in the House of Commons.

 Quach said these farms are continuing to decline. More than 22,000 family farms closed since 2007. By forcing seasonal workers to accept any job in the off-season, the Conservatives’ EI reform will be an additional obstacle for farmers to overcome.

 “These producers hugely depend on seasonal work,” said Quach. “How many more farms will have to close down before the Conservatives understand that their bad decisions are penalizing farmers?”

 There is also the risk that the reform will force seasonal workers to leave the region, causing a loss of expertise and qualified workers.

 Quach will continue to fight on behalf of her constituents to make the Conservatives see reason on this file.

 The hugely unpopular EI reform came into force on January 1, 2013. From now on, claimants will have to accept any job located within 100 kilometres of their home, even if it only pays 70% of their previous salary or isn’t appropriate to their skills, or risk losing their benefits.

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 For more information, please contact: David Patry, Press Secretary, Quebec Caucus Services, 514-238-8240 or david.patry@parl.gc.ca