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It is with confidence that I request your active collaboration to address a disparity that penalizes thousands of Canadian workers who receive employment insurance sickness benefits. Such EI benefits, which are limited to a period of 15 weeks (section 12(3)C) and have remained unchanged since 1971, are clearly insufficient for allowing adequate rehabilitation considering the average treatment program length of serious illnesses, cancer being a case in point with an estimated treatment program length of 52 weeks.

Allow me to draw your attention to some important facts :

- WHEREAS a large proportion of Canadians will experience serious mental and/or physical health problems during their lifetime that will impair their ability to perform their job and limit their autonomy in their personal, family and professional lives. For instance, one out of every two Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime;

− WHEREAS employment insurance sickness benefits currently last up to 15 weeks and have seen no changes since 1971;

− WHEREAS 53% of all employment insurance sickness benefit applications involve women, many of which are single-parent mothers who are more financially vulnerable than men (Employment and Social Development Canada: Employment Insurance Monitoring and Assessment Report for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2015 and ending March 31, 2016);

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My Mission

Marie-Hélène Dubé

Above all, I am a woman of conviction, who has faced cancer 3 times in 5 years. To the initial stress of the disease and my status of single parent to two children, the meager 15 weeks benefits period of the Health Insurance paid by Employment Insurance added a heavy burden of financial difficulties.

Taken off guard by the length of the benefits, which I judged to be clearly insufficient, I conducted research that would permit me to discover that this portion of the law had not been amended since 1971. It did not take more for me to launch in 2009, a national petition requesting that this outdated benefit be increased from the current 15 weeks.

Thanks to this petition and to the involvement of many amongst you, I was able to collect over 600,000 signatures of which 500,000 have been submitted to date to Parliament on multiple occasions. More than 7 proposed bills have equally been created and presented in response to this petition, without a positive outcome unfortunately.

Thus, despite the considerable number of signatures amassed, the numerous bills and the political promises, this law remains unchanged today. The current government continues to demonstrate a total lack of political will to address this national issue of vital importance to the well-being of its citizens, while demonstrating that it was in favour of this change while part of the opposition.

Enough is Enough ! I need your help differently this time around, for the second stage of this battle!

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Marie Hélène Dubé : Sa Pétition Historique
Le Téléjournal 18 h - Le 6 Septembre 2016