Mr. Steve Butland (Sault Ste. Marie):
Madam Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Employment and Immigration. It concerns the subject of UI appeals.
I have an example of many thousands across the country. A group of workers at a local paper mill in my constituency won an appeal at the board of referees recently. The government has decided to appeal this positive decision, thus suspending the benefits for the workers.
We are not surprised with the actions of the government but we are surprised that the appeal at the umpire will be held in two to three years. Was the minister aware of the delays? If so, does he accept them? If not, what is he going to do to clear up the backlog?
Subtopic: UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE