Media Advisory - CFIB meets with HRSD Minister Monte Solberg to call for action on Employment Insurance reform

    OTTAWA, June 9 /CNW/ - Officials from the Canadian Federation of
Independent Business (CFIB) will be meeting with Human Resources and Social
Development Minister Monte Solberg today to present him with 24,000 "Action
Alert" faxes from CFIB members calling for change to the Employment Insurance
(EI) system.
    "The EI system, as it stands now, is little more than a tax on
employment," said Garth Whyte, executive vice-president of CFIB. "It certainly
is not meeting the needs of today's labour market, particularly the shortage
of qualified labour."
    CFIB supports the announcement in Budget 2008 of the creation of a new
Crown corporation to handle the EI account independently of government.
However, CFIB wants to ensure that rates do not rise under the new structure,
is calling for a new rate structure, and would like to see employers
reimbursed for EI overpayments just as employees are.
    "We fear that this new Crown corporation structure could be an invitation
to government to raise EI rates for both employers and employees," said Whyte.
"The system as a whole is outdated and needs to be revisited."

    CFIB is Canada's largest association of small and medium-sized
businesses, representing more than 105,000 business owners who employ 1.25
million Canadians and account for $75 billion in GDP.

For further information:

For further information: Marie-Danielle Davis, (613) 235-2373

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