Employment insurance: cancer out of patience

Assurance-emploi: cancéreux à bout de patience

Despite their difficult treatments, two young women with breast cancer at a very advanced stage continue to plead with the Trudeau government to enhance the faster the employment insurance for 15 weeks to one year in case of illness.

For Emilia Sansfaçon, time is of the essence, since its days are numbered. In 2019, the liberals of Justin Trudeau were engaged to supplement the diet of 15 to 26 weeks, but nothing has been done. The health benefits have not undergone any change since 1971.

Employment insurance pays a maximum of 15 weeks of sickness benefits when a person is unable to work and that she has no private insurance.

The mother of this family had even met with Justin Trudeau on December 9.

“I’m 31 years old and a cancer colorectal metastatic stage 4 palliative. There are 311 000 sick people in Canada in my situation who have been forgotten. I had confidence in Mr. Trudeau when I met him. He made me a promise, and I am disappointed. He really has forgotten,” says Ms. Sansfaçon.

Support of the block

In a video filmed at the hospital, it is a direct challenge to the prime minister of Canada.

Emilia Sansfaçon don’t understand why the caregivers can receive 26 weeks of benefits to help the sick, who have only 15 weeks to heal.

“How can the system allow that ? My body was in misery. To believe in, it is not necessary to have to stress about money. The government should help us,” adds the young woman from Quebec.

The Bloc québécois is committed to advocate for the health benefits be increased to one year.

The party has issued a short statement. “The government was committed to ensuring that the 26 weeks to become a floor during the meeting that we had organized before the Holidays. The sick people are the first to be abandoned since they not only do not have the right to more unemployment, but also not to the PCU. We have no return of the government to this effect in spite of several reminders.”

Not social assistance

In Quebec city, another young woman with an incurable cancer is no longer receiving a penny for over a year. Angeline Renaud Tétreault was even a refusal of social assistance.

“It buys time with his treatments. Angeline is now in a palliative care program. I no longer have the means to live in our home without assistance, and HOUSING we refuse,” says her partner Daniel Deschenes.

Weakened by the disease, Angeline Renaud Tétreault feels abandoned by the system, especially in light of the federal government, which disburses billions of dollars to help the whole world since the beginning of the pandemic. In her state, she doesn’t have the luxury of waiting three years.

“I have a right to assistance in dying, but no money. It is sad. We can’t survive with nothing. You lose everything. It comes as a burden because they do not know what to do with us,” she explains.

Patients who do not have the time to wait

  • The liberals of Justin Trudeau has promised to improve the system of employment insurance.
  • The affected people ask for 50 weeks.
  • A petition was signed by 600 000 people.
  • The NDP and the Bloc support of the application.
  • In December, the chief bloquiste Yves-François Blanchet has met with Justin Trudeau with survivors.
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