Canadian mothers call on government to keep promise

Class action lawsuit focused on mothers wrongfully denied EI illness benefits

TORONTO, Oct. 4, 2016 /CNW/ - Canadian mothers who were wrongfully denied Employment Insurance (EI) illness benefits are calling on the Liberal Government to keep their campaign promise to end this fight and right the wrong done to hundreds of seriously ill Canadian women on EI parental leave. This follows weekend news reports that the Government has retained an international consultant to advise them on how to ensure their campaign promises are met.

This class action involves women on EI parental leave who were very, very ill, tried to collect EI sickness benefits during their parental leaves, and were denied the sickness benefits even though the EI statute was changed in 2002 to permit the sickness benefits claim.

To date, the Government has spent at least $2.2 million in taxpayer's money fighting this class action: that is, fighting women who were gravely ill claiming benefits they paid for with their own EI insurance premiums.

The Liberals in the last election promised in writing to "immediately end" the class action if elected. Almost a year later, no steps have been taken to achieve this promise.

SOURCE Cavalluzzo Shilton McIntyre Cornish LLP

For further information: Stephen J. Moreau, Cavalluzzo Shilton McIntyre Cornish LLP, Telephone: 416-964-5541, Email: smoreau@cavalluzzo.com

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