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Editorial Exchange: These Are Two Different Issues

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: These Are Two Different Issues

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Editorial Exchange: These are two different issues

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An editorial from the New Glasgow News, published Feb. 26:

Much has been made recently in the Atlantic region about tightening of rules around qualifying for Employment Insurance benefits. But even those who feel the changes unfairly target areas of smaller population and few jobs would for the most part support an effort to see the system is not subject to fraudulent claims.

As some have already suggested, opposition politicians might be a bit too bent on semantics in charging that Service Canada investigators have been handed quotas in their hunt for fraudulent or ineligible EI claims.

Is Human Resources Minister Diane Finley hedging - or trying to cover up - her explanation that the figure of finding $485,000 each per year in unwarranted benefits is really a "target," or an "objective," as she phrased it Monday under fire from the opposition?

We don't know off-hand how many investigators are on this task. But perhaps an average of nearly a half-million dollars for each is a reasonable estimate of the fraudulent claims we can expect in the system. …

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