The “Job Seekers Allowance”
Michael Mendelson has posted a long comment on my earlier post regarding the Mowat Report on EI.
He defends Caledon’s proposal for temporary non EI income support for the unemployed as a clear improvement over welfare , and stresses that it is not intended to undermine EI as a social insurance program.
I read the Caledon paper – there is a link in Michael’s comment – after commenting on the Mowat Report. Their proposal is certainly worthy of discussion given that a lowering of entrance requirements wouldÂ indeed still leave many unemployed workers out of the EI system.
I continue to find it unfortunate that the Mowat Report made no recommendations on the basic parameters (the entrance requirement; the duration of benefits) within the single national EI system they call for to replace the current grid based upon local unemployment rates. Such vagueness reasonably leads many people to suspect what Mowat have in mind is an erosion of the EI system in at least the higher unemployment regions. And people will look at the Job Seekers proposal in that context.