OTTAWA — The Conservative government has cut off the flow of key employment data to the public just as it is about to present new, stricter rules on Employment Insurance.
Human Resources Minister Diane Finley is set to announce details Thursday that will alter the landscape for those collecting EI, with particular emphasis on repeat claimants.
But at the same time, The Canadian Press has learned that her department has stopped sending Statistics Canada key and current information about how much federal money is flowing to each of the provinces for EI claimants.
Statistics Canada says three tables normally produced with StatsCan’s monthly EI summary are now “frozen,” because Human Resources stopped sending the data due to some inconsistencies.
Demand for information about EI is running high right now as a result of the government’s slow strip tease on proposed changes to the program.
For weeks, firm details of the government’s plan to overhaul EI have been sparse, often contradictory and always controversial — prompting an outcry from some Atlantic premiers, opposition critics and organized labour.