Senate should be the target

Holding Senators accountable might be a better plan than patrolling E.I. claimants.

John Jensen,

Terrace, B.C.

Dear Sir:

Prime Minister Harper’s announcement that Employment Insurance monies are lost due to lack of policing is correct. He is, however, addressing the wrong perpetrators.

It is not the employed who are ripping off the system. On the contrary. Almost half of the workers who along with their employers are paying into the plan are not and will not receive any money back.

The largest amount gone missing is the $50 billion-plus skimmed off the plan, by the federal government, illegally according to the courts.

During my 14 years serving on E.I. appeals boards I learned that workers who are cheating represent a miniscule percentage of claims.

Harper’s fraud squad will not discover the missing hundreds of millions of fraudulent claims gone missing according to the Prime Minister.

It is noteworthy that back in my day, when Service Canada, also known as the Ministry of Human Misery, was actually staffed, a small number of employees were engaged in prevention and disclosure of those engaged in fraud.

Their section of the building was jokingly known as Baker Street (Sherlock Holmes’ address).  My guess is that with the huge cuts to staff, the handful of employees left at “Service Canada” have little time to investigate claims.

The appeal tribunals that I served on has also been eliminated, and replaced with 70 of Mr. Harper’s closest friends.

Presumably a board selected by the community where the worker lives is too impartial and will occasionally rule in favour of the worker.

Way too liberal for this government.

It may also be that he needed to find jobs for his friends since the Prime Minister has only been able to appoint 50 persons to the Senate. That’s the place where you can receive $50,000 per year by pretending to live somewhere else. It’s the same Senate Harper said he would change or dissolve.

Interesting enough his fraud squad will only be investigating workers, not employers, although during my term our appeals saw several employers that were found guilty of illegal activities.

Perhaps Mr. Harper’s expectation is that employers will vote for him.

It seems to me that Mr. Harper should investigate high rolling Senators, whose expense accounts alone exceed total income for 3-4 workers  rather than harass workers trying to provide for their families and make them repay all ill gotten gains including fines equivalent to those paid by E.I. recipients who receive monies that they were no entitled too.

If any Service Canada agents show up at your door, your inclination no doubt is to cut your dog loose but don’t remember they are employees doing a job they do not enjoy.




Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Terrace property tax payments steadily coming in

City postponed penalties for late 2020 taxes in response to pandemic uncertainty

$80 million gas pipeline upgrade project proposed by PNG

Gas pipeline upgrades needed from Salvus to Port Edward near Prince Rupert

Brucejack mine fatality identified

Patrick Critch was from Newfoundland

Pretivm Resources reports fatality at Brucejack mine

The isolated incident occurred last Friday, and the employee passed away on Sunday in hospital

Skeena Diversity Society in Terrace receives funding

An online survey will inform the society on how to best spend the money

B.C. doctors, dentists call on province for mandatory mask rule

Open letter says masks should be worn in indoor public spaces, public transportation or in crowds

Dwindling B.C. bamboo supply leaves Calgary Zoo biologists worried about pandas

Zoo has been trying to send pandas back to China since May

Facebook launches its new TikTok clone, Instagram Reels

Facebook has a long tradition of cloning competitive services

B.C. Appeal Court prevents Victoria woman from using the term ‘death midwife’ in her job

Pashta MaryMoon claimed she had been providing “death-care services” for more than 40 years

‘We all have anxieties’: B.C.’s top doctor addresses return-to-school fears amid COVID-19

Dr. Bonnie Henry promises school restart plan safe for B.C. kids

Abbotsford mom worried about her two kids in Beirut following explosion

Shelley Beyak’s children were abducted by their dad in 2018

Young Canadians, hospitality workers bear the brunt of mental strain in 2020: report

A study by Morneau Shepell points to economic uncertainty in the pandemic as the cause for angst

Health Canada recalling more than 50 hand sanitizers in evolving list

Organization says to stop using products listed, and to consult a health-care professional

Most Read