Mr. Speaker, the HRDC minister has on three separate occasions provided the House with inaccurate information.
Most members of the House want the practice that ensures EI cheques will not be held up due to the holiday season to be continued. This act of generosity on behalf of the government dates back to 1971. The minister on December 7 assured the House the practice would continue.
She assured the House that as in the past employment insurance claimants will be able to make a request, make their claims in advance and receive cheques for the Christmas season.
As confirmed today by her department, the minister has backed away from this commitment. Claimants will now receive only half a cheque for the holiday season.
The minister should be forced to honour her original commitment on the floor of the House and not be the grinch.