Canada's Employment Insurance system continues to fail the unemployed

CUPE has provided a summary and response to the federal budget released by the Harper government.

"The Harper government has squandered another opportunity to improve the lives of Canadians with this Missing in Action budget of 2014. Instead they are being highly cynical and politically opportunistic by stashing away cash from cuts to public services so they can try and bribe Canadians with expensive election goodies next year. These are expected to include $3 billion annually for "income splitting" and other tax measures that will help the rich get richer and provide little or nothing for the vast majority of Canadians."

"The Conservatives continue to undermine Canada's Employment Insurance system, which is now so diminished that it provides benefits for less than 40% of the unemployed."