The information came to light the same week that a probe into the spending of some high-living senators was continuing to capture the interest of Canadians.
These senators are being investigated for collecting thousands of dollars of taxpayers money under suspect circumstances, with some of them claiming they live outside the nation’s capital most of the year and other shady travel expenses.
All this for a group of politically connected men and women making little or no contribution to the well-being of Canadians or the country.
Now back to the EI claimants who are under the gun of the federal government.
The first thing to be noted is that the EI system is paid for completely by employees and employers — the federal government pays nothing toward it.
They aren’t sitting on their fat duffs in comfy Ottawa collecting a fat salary with an equally fat expense account. -
The second thing of note is that the claimants aren’t hardened criminals, they are ordinary Canadians trying to scratch out a living and feed their families on a meagre cheque for part of the year.
They aren’t sitting on their fat duffs in comfy Ottawa collecting a fat salary with an equally fat expense account.
Anyone getting an EI cheque has to qualify and meet strict criteria set out by the same government.
No doubt there are a few who manage to skirt the system but that number is without doubt miniscule.
If the federal Conservatives want to cut down on the waste of taxpayer money they should look at themselves first.