Thursday, May 20, 2010

Rafferty critical of EI office closures

Service Canada has announced plans to close several Employment Insurance Claim processing sites in Northern Ontario. The sites deemed for closure by 2014 include Thunder Bay, Kenora, Sault Ste. Marie, North Bay and Timmins. Thunder Bay MP John Rafferty isn't happy with the cuts.   He says at a time when EI filings are at or near record levels the Harper government is closing up shop in some of the hardest hit communities.  Rafferty says it's beyond poor judgement.  The move is meant to centralize services bringing the number of offices in the province down from 24 to 6.