Mr. Speaker, no matter what the hon. member for Saint-Boniface may think, the number of unemployed Canadians is growing. And four out of 10 of them are not currently receiving EI benefits. And yet, instead of making sure that employment insurance is available to people who need it, all the Conservatives are doing is finding more ways to prevent more people from accessing benefits.
Nearly 20% of Canada's unemployed workers have not accumulated the number of hours needed to qualify for EI.
Why are the Conservatives so stubborn? Why not help the unemployed, instead of blaming them?