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The Hon. Pana  Merchant, B.A. Appointed to the Senate by the Rt. Honourable Jean Chrétien, Senator Pana Merchant represents the province of Saskatchewan and the Senatorial Division of Saskatchewan. She has served in the Senate of Canada since December 12, 2002.

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Statement made on 27 September 2011 by Senator Catherine Callbeck

Hon. Catherine S. Callbeck:

My question is directed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Last month, employees at 98 Service Canada Employment Insurance processing centres were advised that their locations were going to be closed. That means that it will go from 120 locations to 22.

One of the locations that will be closed is in Montague, Prince Edward Island. It is the only processing centre in my province. It seems that the Conservative government is shifting well-paid jobs out of rural areas with high unemployment rates. For example, Montague has an unemployment rate of roughly 12 per cent, which is about twice the national average.

Why has the government decided to eliminate 30 processing jobs in Montague, and what criteria did the government use to determine which centres would be closed?

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