Ottawa, ON – Today, Stephanie Kusie, Conservative Shadow Minister for Employment Future Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, and Bernard Généreux, Deputy Shadow Minister for Tourism, released the following statement responding to the efforts made by the Liberals to prevent their Ministers from appearing at committee to deliver needed answers related to the EI crisis:

“In yet another attempt to avoid accountability, the Liberal members of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities – with the support of the NDP – voted to block the relevant Ministers appearance needed to address questions related to the ongoing crisis with Employment Insurance processing delays.

“By voting against the Minister of Families Children and Social Development or the Minister for Employment Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion to appear at HUMA Committee, the Liberal government is once again showing that they have no interest in being accountable to Canadians.

“Many Canadian workers have had their Employment Insurance accounts frozen because they were hacked, and their funds redirected to criminals. Due to staffing shortages at Service Canada, workers have had to wait weeks and sometimes months to have these claims addressed. Many Canadians have suffered from this fraud and deserve answers from the responsible Ministers on how they are working to solve this crisis.

“Canada’s Conservatives will continue fighting to protect accountability in parliament and standing up for the Canadians who deserve answers from their government.”