Gregory Thomas of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation [Employment Insurance: $57 billion surplus evaporated, Mar. 7 Letters, TIMES] failed to mention some important facts about Employment Insurance program.
It was the previous Liberal government that siphoned approximately $6 billion annually from the EI surplus, to a total of close to $60 billion.
The Liberals raided the EI account to pay for their political pet projects, rather than helping workers and businesses. This meant that, in 2008, our Conservative government had to reset the account, and we are ensuring that the kind of action the Liberal government took will never happen again.
Canadians expect that our government will keep Canada on a course that will grow the economy and create jobs by promoting policies that will keep taxes low.
Unfortunately, the Liberals and NDP are still promoting job-killing policies with massive tax hikes. Both the Liberals and NDP have supported a 45-day work year that would have drastically increased premiums by 35 per cent (at a cost of $4 billion).
Our Conservative government’s top priority is economic growth, job creation, and long-term prosperity for Canadians. Since July 2009, over 950,000 net new jobs have been created, which is the best job growth record among all G-7 countries in recent years. T
he unemployment rate is currently at its lowest level since the recession.
I would like to reassure Canadians like Mr. Thomas that our government will continue to focus on protecting Canada’s economy with positive, pro-growth initiatives while keeping taxes low and returning to balanced budgets.
Randy Kamp, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows MP