Mr. James A. McGrath (St. John's East):
Mr. Speaker, last year some 350 women who were involved in catching and harvesting squid in Newfoundland were disqualified for benefits under the Unemployment Insurance Act. There would appear to be a case of discrimination on the basis of sex, since the only two women who qualified for benefits have Christian names of Georgie and Francis. I would therefore move, under the provisions of Standing Order 43, with the consent of the House:
That this House directs the Minister of Employment and Immigration to review all cases where unemployment insurance benefits have been denied to Newfoundland women engaged in commercial squid fishing, to ensure that women who catch and harvest squid are treated the same as their male counterparts for the purposes of qualifying for unemployment insurance.
Subtopic: UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Sub-subtopic: DENIAL OF BENEFITS TO WOMEN ENGAGED IN COMMERCIAL SQUID FISHING-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43