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Finance committee  Of course, workers build society. Everything we see around us was made by workers. The current crisis is brutal and the unemployment rate is brutal. We have to make sure that people do not come out of this crisis more in debt or in worse conditions than before. The Canada emerge

April 24th, 2020Committee meeting

Pierre Céré

Finance committee  We understand that the employment insurance system was not prepared for a situation like the one we have experienced. It is truly a cataclysm. Currently, the employment insurance plan protects only 45% of workers. It leaves out large segments of the population, and this crisis ha

April 24th, 2020Committee meeting

Pierre Céré

Finance committee  We absolutely have to do that. It is the main social program for income replacement in the event of unemployment. As for the current crisis, this program essentially collapsed in the first week. It was not ready to face such a crisis, and that is not right. Let me quote the Presi

April 24th, 2020Committee meeting

Pierre Céré

Finance committee  What is clear to us is that we need to rethink the whole social security system. Today, we call it employment insurance, but, for over 50 years, we called it unemployment insurance. Not all solutions are written down and calculated in advance, and there are many opinions in a so

April 24th, 2020Committee meeting

Pierre Céré

Finance committee  Is your question for me?

April 24th, 2020Committee meeting

Pierre Céré

Finance committee  Okay. How do you see that? The pension fund issue is not my expertise. My little area is employment insurance, which is the income replacement for workers who have lost their jobs. I imagine that you yourself have thought about possible solutions to protect pension funds. What

April 24th, 2020Committee meeting

Pierre Céré

Finance committee  It is a great concern, yes. If there is a danger of it, those people must be protected. Income is central to people's lives. Health is also important, of course, but income allows people to provide for their families and to pay for their groceries, rent or mortgage, and their med

April 24th, 2020Committee meeting

Pierre Céré

Finance committee  Mr. Chair, members of the Standing Committee on Finance, thank you for inviting us and for the opportunity to share our thoughts on the emergency measures put in place by the Canadian government in response to the health crisis. I am the spokesperson for the Conseil national des

April 24th, 2020Committee meeting

Pierre Céré

Finance committee  The government needs to do some serious thinking about these issues. I am told that the budget will be presented at the beginning of March. I would be surprised if, on the issue of eligibility criteria or eligibility requirements generally for the employment insurance system, we

February 5th, 2020Committee meeting

Pierre Céré

Finance committee  First of all, Quebec and Canadian society has long expressed a need for sickness benefits. When a comparison is done, it is not to our advantage. When we compare Canada to similar countries, we see that it is the worst in terms of the protection provided by its sickness benefits

February 5th, 2020Committee meeting

Pierre Céré

Finance committee  Yes, I think so. You know, Canada is the only OECD country that has a variable eligibility criterion based on place of residence. There are 62 eligibility criteria for 62 economic regions, and the unemployment rate is recalculated every month. That is not normal. These administra

February 5th, 2020Committee meeting

Pierre Céré

Finance committee  Mr. Chair, I would like to thank you for this opportunity to speak with members of the Standing Committee on Finance as part of the pre-budget consultations. I have come to talk to you about the employment insurance program, of course, and I do so as the spokesperson for the Cons

February 5th, 2020Committee meeting

Pierre Céré

Finance committee  Since last Thursday, the reaction in Quebec seems to be quite unanimous. We mentioned the media, and the commentators and columnists from all the newspapers. But we have also heard from employers. Last Thursday, the chief economist of the Quebec Employers Council said that things

May 29th, 2012Committee meeting

Pierre Céré

Finance committee  Certainly. Take the example of a carpenter making $20 per hour in his region. He is a seasonal construction worker and he is laid off. Starting in the first week in which he is unemployed, he has to take a job at 80% of his previous salary. Starting in the seventh week, he has to

May 29th, 2012Committee meeting

Pierre Céré

Finance committee  I certainly do have some comments. Sir, the bill in no way changes the eligibility requirements or the benefit period. That is not the issue. Once people are receiving employment insurance, three classes of claimants are being created and they do not have the same rights and requ

May 29th, 2012Committee meeting

Pierre Céré