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Insurance -employment: organizations denounce Ottawa’s inaction

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Protesters placed a Christmas tree decorated with “black holes” in front of the federal MP's office.

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Around twenty people demonstrated Wednesday morning in front of the offices of Federal Minister Diane Lebouthillier to denounce Ottawa's inaction on the employment insurance reform file. A series of similar demonstrations were organized in eastern Canada.

Protesters placed a Christmas tree decorated with black holes in front of the office of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Federal Member of Parliament for Gaspésie—Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine in Grande-Rivière.

These black holes refer to the time of year when many people stop receiving employment insurance benefits because they have not accumulated enough hours of work. /p>

Christmas will not be happy for everyone, underlines the coordinator of the Mouvement Action-Chômage Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine (MAC), Nadia Mongeon. She says many precarious workers and seasonal industries are suffering this year.

We know that many of them will not have worked enough hours to qualify for employment insurance or will fall into the black hole in the coming weeks , says Nadia Mongeon.

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