Time to explain

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is urging the Harper government to explain what changes it wants to make to the EI system.

However, the CFIB is echoing opposition party demands for the Conservatives — particularly Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Human Resources Minister Diane Finley — to finally explain what sort of overhaul they have planned for the EI system. “It’s time for Flaherty and Finley to put forward what they’re planning to do because there is a bit of mass hysteria over this that I think is completely overplayed at the moment,” CFIB senior vice-president Dan Kelly said Wednesday. “The government is right to be flagging this, but it’s a little past time now for them to actually put on the record what they’re planning to do.”

In the past year, the Conservatives have cited the CFIB’s views to justify government policy on Old Age Security, Employment Insurance rates, credit cards, pooled pensions, trade, the temporary hiring tax credit, the Canadian Wheat Board, Canada Post and the 2011 federal budget.

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