moved for leave to introduce Bill C-324, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (sickness benefits).
Mr. Speaker, there seems to be an injustice that just does not want to correct itself and the government does not seem to want to move on this.
The bill deals with sickness benefits pertaining to EI benefits. Under normal circumstances, if people lose their job, through no fault of their own, they would get benefits that extend up to about 50 weeks in areas of high unemployment. With respect to sickness benefits, people need not just 420 hours to qualify, which are normally required, but they need 600 hours, which creates that discrepancy. On the other side, benefits only stretch up to about 15 weeks. My bill would extend that beyond the 15 week period.
Let us face it, if people are sick to the point where they need EI on a longer term basis, 15 weeks is severely insufficient.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)