moved for leave to introduce Bill C-423, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (labour dispute).
Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for Hamilton Mountain for seconding my bill.
The bill to amend the Employment Insurance Act would help thousands of workers without proper insurance benefits. The federal government must support workers who lose their jobs and provide the right protection for those who suffer a job loss due to a labour dispute.
This bill would extend the qualifying period in the event of a labour dispute. It would make any person absent from work during a strike or lockout caused by a labour dispute eligible to receive employment insurance benefits and therefore be legally protected.
I strongly encourage all members to support this initiative and vote in favour of the bill.
Canada should remain committed to defend the rights of workers, while improving and increasing the access to employment insurance. To allow for those who have lost their jobs to recover their due rights is simply the right thing to do.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)