Monday, September 14, 2009

Election speculation continues as MPs return

Members of Parliament are returning to the House of Commons amid speculation that a confidence vote could trigger a federal election before the end of the week.

NDP Leader Jack Layton and Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff are both expected to deliver major speeches on Monday ahead of the Conservative government tabling significant reforms to employment insurance in the House of Commons, CBC News has learned.

The proposed EI legislation will have two parts, CBC News has learned. The first part will extend benefits to laid-off workers who have worked for years, according to government sources.

Although the cabinet has not approved the exact criteria, the focus is on workers who have paid EI premiums for many years but have drawn few benefits.

The second part is to be introduced later in the month and will fulfil a Conservative campaign promise from 2008 to extend maternity and parental benefits to the self-employed.

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