Members Statement: Conservatives Playing Partisan Games While Ignoring the Unemployed

Irene Mathyssen London—Fanshawe, ON: Mr. Speaker, after spending weeks ignoring the evidence and claiming their changes to employment insurance would help everyone, finally the Conservatives have backtracked. They had to admit that their plans would hurt the very poorest Canadians looking for work.

In my London riding, just this year more than 700 jobs were lost at Electro-Motive Diesel, and Air Canada Jazz cut 200 maintenance jobs at London's international airport, but not a single Conservative backbencher spoke up.

Since the House came back this fall, Conservatives have used 39 members' statements to attack the NDP, 39 fabricated statements.

How many times, Mr. Speaker, have the Conservatives used the word “local” in their statements since the House came back? Just 10 times. We have a governing party that does far more members' statements about the opposition than about its own constituents.

Will the next Conservative MP tell us what is going on in his or her riding, or just repeat another sleazy attack from the PMO?