Public servants must make EI house calls to root out fraudsters: Harper

SASKATOON – Prime Minister Stephen Harper says federal workers who interview employment insurance recipients in their homes are just doing their job.

Harper says hundreds of millions of dollars are lost through false or inappropriate claims.

He says Human Resources Development Canada must ensure that money for EI is there for people who qualify.

The government confirmed Wednesday that public servants have been making unannounced visits since January as part of an examination being done while the EI program is overhauled.

They’ve also been hand-delivering requests for people to appear at their regular EI interviews.

Harper made the comment while in Saskatoon for an unrelated announcement.

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