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  • Leah
    February 24, 2013 - 11:53

    I certainly do agree that WELFARE RECEPIENTS should be investigated. I also know of people relaxing and enjoying their life by abusing the system. They even get all their medications paid for. My neighbour even gets taxis paid for, and yet she's a chain smoker so can come up with the money for cigarettes; while taxpayers are working to provide them this lifestyle. Something terribly wrong with this picture. Then again, I don't understand how they can have any conscience or self-respect, and what an awful example for the children.

  • Jean
    February 23, 2013 - 12:03

    The people on welfare are the ones you should be visiting and investigating. Some families make welfare a way of life. These people are the ones who should be questioned. Do some surprise visits there.......... You'll be the ones surprised. I know of a mother, daughter and her two children who are living on welfare. The mother and daughter are perfectly healthy. The daughter's boyfriend has been living with them for the past 2 years. He is an engineer. (AMAZING). The government pays for the kids daycare. The mother or the daughter (depending on which one is out of bed) drop the kids at daycare around 8:30 am, stop at Tim's to pick-up their coffee and relax at home until 5:00 p.m. when they drive around the corner to get the kids from daycae. In the summer they spend the day on their deck, in the winter they enjoy the daytime T.V. programs and evening Bingo. This has been reported to Social Services a number of times. Nothing has been done about it. Why is that? This is only one story of many, many, many cases of Welfare abuse. And the abusers know very well that nothing will ever be done about it. Visit the welfare abusers first. Clean that mess up. At least you have to WORK to be eligible for unemployment benefits.

  • mark
    February 22, 2013 - 13:47

    The Harper Government certainly doesn't do everything right, but I think this is one of its best moves. EI is supposed to be an emergency measure in case you unexpectedly, UNEXPECTEDLY, lose your job. It was never supposed to be a regualr part of anyone's annual income. I'm saying all this as someone who went on EI twice in my life, both times for about 6 weeks before I got a new job, and I felt very grateful both times. I am all for cracking down of EI fraud in this provicne and in any province.

  • Judy
    February 22, 2013 - 13:33

    ESTABAN, My apartment is No. 101, just as you come in through the main door to the lobby, where there are seats to sit around on. The mailboxes are in the lobbby. Our building is far from soundproof, so even with my door closed, you can hear a lot of conversation. When a group of people are together, talk seems to get loud. If there is only two or three, no. Yes, I count my blessings, including that I worked for approximately forty years,however, there were two jobs that I was laid off from during those years and it was difficult to get by while searching for another job. I realize that there are many legitimate cases on EI and Social Services, but these systems are also being abused. As for OAS, I really don't know if there is anyway that can be abused because the Government send you out forms to fill out about six months or so before your 65th. birthday, so they do know your age, address, and that you are a Canadian citizen.

  • Calpincod
    February 22, 2013 - 09:34

    Oh this has me rottted I honestly can't believe this is happening it almost feels surreal. Harper has officially become a dictator no party has ever survived changes to the E.I program it is the ppl's program NOT a pot of money that can be spent according to the Govt's wishes. BTW you want to talk abuse here's one for you, I have an education in economic development a ton of very successful experience in economic development however there are sooo many master degrees out there and that is who we compete with, now combine that with zone board and program cuts! It's very tough for me to obtain meaningful employment I am now on a jcp program which is E.I top up I am finishing up in a cpl of weeks, I loved the job but I scared to death because I have absoulty nothing to fall back on no E.I and I have been applying for everything. I'm job ready, the jcp program is designed to help those who need experience to become job ready, I took the job because I want to work and like any I need money to survive. So Mr Harper take a close look sir because JCP program is NOT working, they accepted me because they get very few applicants. I would love to have a little more security at the end of my post. Also have a look at the gov't field workers doing their job because we have not recieved one site visit from HRLE what a jk i bet they'll check off they they did a site visit. Gov't rules ppl they own you.........Wake UP!

  • Judy
    February 22, 2013 - 09:23

    I live in the same apartment building for over twenty years, and the abuse of EI, and especially Social Assistance, in this building alone, would make you sick. When it's time for the cheques, they are standing around in the lobby like vulgers waiting for the mail. Just don't know how most of those abusing the systems get off with it. Billions upon billions could be saved if only some of the abusers were caught. And before anyone feels like crapping on me, I worked all my life, thus paying taxes, and am now receiving OAS.

    • Estaban
      February 22, 2013 - 11:13

      So you stand around in the lobby all day watching the 'vulgers?' And from that you are able to deduce who is “abusing” the system and how many billions can be saved? God bless you for never being laid-off. Are your neighbours aware of the nosey old lady watching them and passing judgement down upon them? Oh, and how do we know you're not abusing OAS?

  • Doug
    February 22, 2013 - 09:20

    Hey Harper, where's the evidence? Where's the proof that hundreds of millions are lost in fraudulent EI claims? Do you even know how the system works? No, of course not. The real theft is that EI has been reduced to between 30-40 eligibility for the unemployed while the subsequent EI surplus that has accrued by these cuts in eligibility since the late 1980s has been circulated into general government revenues. It is an insurance fund paid for workers, not for the government to balance its books or fund tax cuts or fund handouts to corporations. LIAR!!!!!!!

  • Calpincod
    February 22, 2013 - 09:07

    Oh this has me rottted I honestly can't believe this is happening it almost feels surreal. Harper has officially become a dictator no party has ever survived changes to the E.I program it is the ppl's program NOT a pot of money that can be spent according to the Govt's wishes. BTW you want to talk abuse here's one for you, I have an education in economic development a ton of very successful experience in economic development however there are sooo many master degrees out there and that is who we compete with, now combine that with zone board and program cuts! It's very tough for me to obtain meaningful employment I am now on a jcp program which is E.I top up I am finishing up in a cpl of weeks, I loved the job but I scared to death because I have absoulty nothing to fall back on no E.I and I have been applying for everything. I'm job ready, the jcp program is designed to help those who need experience to become job ready, I took the job because I want to work and like any I need money to survive. So Mr Harper take a close look sir because JCP program is NOT working, they accepted me because they get very few applicants. I would love to have a little more security at the end of my post. Also have a look at the gov't field workers doing their job because we have not recieved one site visit from HRLE what a jk i bet they'll check off they they did a site visit. Gov't rules ppl they own you.........Wake UP!

  • Chantal
    February 22, 2013 - 08:08

    EI and welfare fraud pales in comparison to tax fraud In keeping with the sentiments expressed here, I believe that taxpayers should be routinely investigated. Not that I’m suggesting that anyone here has failed to pay HST for services, or has “forgotten” to declare some income… Like they say if you have nothing to hide you would have nothing to fear.

  • Lilly
    February 22, 2013 - 07:59

    Excellent!! Next Step is for the provincial government to do house calls looking for faursters on Social Assistance... could probably clear our debt with the amount of abuse going on in that system..

  • Jerome
    February 22, 2013 - 07:45

    Each Province should investigate WELFARE RECEPIENTS also. Money can certainly be saved with the abuse in that area.

  • Corporate Psycho
    February 22, 2013 - 06:55

    Do the guys that show up at your house wear black trench coats?

  • TREW
    February 21, 2013 - 22:14

    If you follow the rules, you have nothing to fear. The ones complaining about this are the ones defrauding the system. Too many people think it is ok to stay home on EI because it is too much trouble to drive a bit to work.

    • Caplincod
      February 24, 2013 - 07:30

      Your missing the point, I'll speak for myself by saying that I have nothing to fear if they come knocking. Point is these matters can be dealt with in a more respectful way i.e: Revenue Canada will call before auditing your books, most investigations are handled via phone and mail. There are service canada centre's locatied throughout canada ppl can be called into the office. I can easily prove my job seach if I have to without having E.I police at my door. There has always been fraud investigators for the E.I system they've now renamed them E.I police, same job different way of doing things, now if thats not scare tatic I don't know what is. PPL are scared of losing the seasonal jobs that they've worked for yrs, fishermen, tourism operators, construction industry are just a few who are concerned. There are some who abuse the system however all e.i collectors worked and contributed to the fund, those who do not want to work (not all) are on welfare so they are targeting the wrong group I could name a doz welfare recipients who are capable of working but haven't fried off a resume in yrs if ever. However welfare is a provincial program time they investigate this group!

  • Regina
    February 21, 2013 - 20:54

    I wonder when they are gonna start investigating the welfare system??....that's where they'll find fraud....leave the seasonal workers alone!!...Harper lost my vote months ago...and I always voted PC...never again!!

  • bellislander
    February 21, 2013 - 19:02

    I can't believe that Harper has the nerve to do this when a few years ago the federal government took money from EI ..money that didn't belong to them. How honest was that? Who got charged for that? No one because it 's the government and government has the power!!! This is wrong and the feds should have been charged and ordered to give back that money to the people. That money wasn't theirs to take and do what the hell they wanted with it.

    • HBD
      February 21, 2013 - 22:16

      What has that got to do with checking for fraud?????

    • Sure Thing
      February 22, 2013 - 07:31

      The people who are claiming EI that have legitimate claims, have nothing to worry about. I guess a large number of people will be on their toes until the end of next month.

  • enough yet
    February 21, 2013 - 18:57

    employees and employers pay into the EI fund, NOT the Harper government. Billions of $$ have been taken from the EI fund over the years and used be all federal governments. Harper wants everyone in Canada to move to Alberta and compete with Chinese workers.

  • Jeremiah
    February 21, 2013 - 18:31

    About time there was some investigation done to uncover the massive abuse of EI, especially in NL. EI has become a way of life and is defrauded by workers and employers. Should have cracked down years ago.

    • John
      February 21, 2013 - 22:12

      Anyone who says EI abuse is rampant in NL I have to ask what you are basing it on. Why aren't you saying it is rampant in Ontario, BC or other places. also, people are not living high on the hog on EI at a maximum benefit of 500 per week for part of the year. People should be more concerned about the waste of millions of dollars on unneeded economic action plan ads, generous MP pensions, fighter jet programs that could unnecessarily run into Billions, patronage Senate appointments and on and on and on. It makes political sense to pick on a system where people believe fraud is taking place without proof for a system the government administers but doesn't contribute 1 cent. It also defers peoples attn from real government waste. For the record I am self employed and have never taken any EI or welfare, but I will defend people's rights to these universal programs if they need them.

    • Caplincod
      February 22, 2013 - 05:45

      Newfoundlander do depend on E.I no doupt about it because it necessary and when it's necessary it's unfortunately a way to live! I have a brother with a 1.5 million dollar investment tied up during winter, what's he going to do with his investment when he is expected to take a another job? Who will maintain his vessal. Sure there are some who abuse the system however I doupt very much that the numbers are no different than the rest of Canada. I support catching the fraudsters but if someone is suspected it can be handled via phone, mail, internet and if all else fails a visit if you can catch them hm. This is a scare tactic that make ppl feel under the gun. E.I is the only fund that gov't are not allowed to touch, they already broke the law we work and pay our I.E contribuations therefor it's ours. So where's the ramifications for Gov't???? NOT GOOD wake up sheep!

    • david
      February 22, 2013 - 09:57

      John: Did you just recently arrive here? If so, you're in for a real education. If not, you really need one.