Mr. Speaker, on the east coast of Canada, a perfect storm is developing around the lobster industry. From low catches, to very low prices, to high prices for fuel and so on, the fishermen are facing a very difficult time. In fact, many of them may be tying up their boats this season just because they cannot meet their costs.
One of the solutions for the industry is to allow the fishermen access to EI based on 2008 catches.
Will the government stand in the House today and commit to these fishermen and their families that they will be allowed access to EI so they can cover their cost--