Political Traction: EI, climate change and protests

Jaime Watt joins Power & Politics host Evan Solomon each week to look at how issues making waves in Ottawa resonate with Canadians.

Monitoring the House of Commons’ question period, mainstream media and the conversation on social media, Watt and his team at Navigator Ltd. determine which issues gained the most attention in official Ottawa, and then measure how much traction those issues managed to find with Canadians outside the nation’s capital.

The week ending May 18 saw three issues on the radar screen: EI changes, the government’s climate change record and continuing student protests in Quebec.

The government’s intention to reform employment insurance is signalled in its omnibus budget implementation bill, which removes definitions of “suitable work” from current legislation and gives cabinet the power to decide what constitutes a reasonable effort to find work, while adjusting the complex formulas for calculating payments…. Read more

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