An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (elimination of waiting period)

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.

This bill was previously introduced in the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session.


Jean-Claude D'Amours  Liberal

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of March 25, 2009
(This bill did not become law.)


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This enactment amends the Employment Insurance Act to eliminate the two-week waiting period that follows the termination of employment.


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Employment Insurance ActRoutine Proceedings

March 25th, 2009 / 3:10 p.m.
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Jean-Claude D'Amours Liberal Madawaska—Restigouche, NB

moved to introduce Bill C-344, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (elimination of waiting period).

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to introduce this private member's bill in the House. I would like to thank my colleague from Labrador, who is seconding this bill to eliminate the employment insurance waiting period.

We know that the Conservative government does not have what it takes to stimulate the economy. Worse still, it cannot even ensure that families and workers receive their employment insurance cheques. These families are going through a very tough crisis.

The waiting period also hurts workers because they have to wait two weeks before receiving any income, and then additional weeks before they get their first employment insurance cheque.

That is why I think that now is the time to bring this bill before the House. I hope that the government will take the time to consider the bill and read it thoroughly because it is so important to our workers. Not only will it improve their quality of life, it will ensure a better future for their families.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)