A copy of the original resolution passed by Charlottetown City Council, a resolution that was supported by a 9-1 in Council, will be forwarded to Minister Gail Shea in addition to the Minister responsible, Minister Jason Kenney. The resolution publicly states the City’s opposition to the recent changes to the EI program for the Charlottetown area and urges a reversal of these recently announced changes. The resolution suggests the Government of Canada commit to working with the City of Charlottetown to create long term, meaningful employment.
During the regular Council meeting on Monday, March 10th, a motion to defer the resolution required Mayor Clifford Lee to vote to move the resolution forward. The Mayor believes this issue is time sensitive and extremely important for the Government of Canada to know the City’s position. The Mayor further believes that it is fundamentally important to have consistency in the program and fairness for all Islanders on this issue.
"It is to be expected for unemployment rates to be marginally lower in an urban area", says Mayor Lee. "However it is the intention of this resolution to oppose the current proposed changes that put not only Charlottetown residents but also some rural residents at a distinct disadvantage of employment insurance benefits should their employment be disrupted."
The Mayor and Council look forward to a positive result of this resolution in the near future.
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