Statement on Employment Insurance

Mr. Speaker, every day we see new repercussions of the Conservatives' improvised EI reform.

This time, it is women who are paying the price. Last week, the Fédération des femmes du Québec, the Conseil d'intervention pour l'accès des femmes au travail, Au bas de l'échelle, the Réseau des tables régionales de groupes de femmes du Québec and Action travail joined together to denounce this reform.

In 2010, a mere 55% of unemployed women were entitled to benefits. Today, the minister is making the situation even worse by specifically targeting people who hold unstable jobs, a group in which women are overrepresented.

The minister did not see all the impacts of the reform coming. The reform must be put on hold and impact studies must be conducted.

We say no to butchering employment insurance. On April 27 at noon, I will be at Place du Canada in Montreal to denounce it.