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The Hon. Percy E. Downe, B.A. Senator Percy E. Downe was appointed to the Senate of Canada by the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien. He has served in the Senate representing Charlottetown in the province of Prince Edward Island since June 26, 2003.

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Employment Insurance Processing Centres

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Statement made on 29 November 2011 by Senator Catherine Callbeck

Hon. Catherine S. Callbeck:

Honourable senators, my question is directed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. As I mentioned before, this government has announced that it will close the only Employment Insurance processing centre in my province.

I previously asked about the criteria used by the government to decide which centres would be closed. The answer I got was very general. It stated:

There will be changes to the number of employees involved in EI processing as a result of these measures. However, no further details are available at this time as we are focused on rolling this initiative out to Service Canada employees and beginning the work of planning for this implementation.

I repeat, "beginning the work of planning for this implementation."

My question is this: Is it possible that the government decided to close 98 processing centres, impacting hundreds of people, without any plan for implementation? When can we expect to get some details on the impact on employees?

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