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Prime Minister Stephen Harper takes part in a closing press conference in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Oct. 8, 2013.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper takes part in a closing press conference in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Oct. 8, 2013.
(Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Tory senator has questions about Harper's jobs plan

A Conservative senator says it’s time for much bigger changes to employment insurance if Canada is going to make a serious dent in Canada’s unemployment rate.

Diane Bellemare – a Quebec economist who has spent her career working on labour policy – bemoans the fact that Canadians have come to accept relatively high unemployment and an EI program that essentially lets people stay at home instead of training for a new job.