Mr. Speaker, the employment insurance program is a plan into which workers pay, as do the government and employers as well.
When, under the Conservatives, the unemployment insurance program ran a deficit, the taxpayers were replenishing the UI account. Now that the economy is doing much better, there are surpluses, and a balance is being achieved. What the government paid in the past came out of the consolidated revenue fund.
So, the so-called EI surpluses belong in fact to the consolidated revenue fund.