Bill C-526 (Historical)
An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (special benefits)
This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.
Fin Donnelly NDP
Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)
Introduction and First Reading
(This bill did not become law.)
Statements by Members
June 8th, 2010 / 2:10 p.m.
Denise Savoie Victoria, BC
Mr. Speaker, for 25 years Grace Collins has served Victoria's special needs community. Since being diagnosed with cancer in 2007, she has applied for CPP disability twice and she has been denied twice.
Undergoing treatment and unable to work, she is disappointed that there is no compassionate consideration for people in her position, and I share her disappointment. My office has advocated time and time again on behalf of constituents like Grace with so-called episodic illnesses. No doubt offices of other members have too.
We know there is a serious policy gap here, and finally, a solution has been proposed. Introduced yesterday, Bill C-526 would extend medical EI to up to 52 weeks for people living with serious illnesses so they can focus on their recovery.
I urge the government to take action and work with us on this long overdue issue.
Employment Insurance Act
June 7th, 2010 / 3:20 p.m.
Fin Donnelly New Westminster—Coquitlam, BC
moved for leave to introduce Bill C-526, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (special benefits).
Mr. Speaker, I rise to introduce legislation that would amend the Employment Insurance Act to extend the maximum period for which special benefits for illness, injury or quarantine may be paid from 15 weeks to 52 weeks.
The inspiration for the bill came from Natalie Thomas, a cancer survivor from Coquitlam, whose story touched me and made me realize how important and necessary changes to the Employment Insurance Act were. Another cancer survivor, Marie-Hélène Dubé from Montreal, who is on the Hill today, has gathered over 200,000 signatures for a petition that calls for these changes.
Both of these amazing women had one thing in common. They had to focus on how they were going to find the funds needed to survive once their 15 weeks of medical EI ran out. This made it extremely difficult to focus on what they should have been focused on, recovery. That is why I am introducing this bill today.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)