Complete lack of common sense.
The number of weeks that an individual has to work to qualify for Employment Insurance benefits varies from 700 to 420 depending on the province. (That’s right. In some provinces, you can work for about 12 weeks and qualify for many more weeks of EI.) Anyhoo … the opposition parties want to make the standard the same across the country.
Wow. That actually makes sense. Is there a catch?
The proposed standard would be 360 hours. That’s LOWER than the lowest level now. Are they insane?
Of course they are. They also want to eliminate the two week wait and increase benefits. Ugh. Sounds like the grad student union that formed when I was working on my PhD. “We want better health insurance, free childcare, free tuition, fewer hours and more money.”
I think they have this completely backwards. They should require that all provinces increase the number of hours needed to qualify for benefits to the higher number. See how that neatly solves the problem? Ta-da! National unity.