NDP calls employment plan "good start"

Mon Sep 14, 2009 12:27pm EDT
 
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian government's new employment insurance program is a "good start," according to an opposition party that could decide if the country will have an election this autumn.

But the New Democrats said on Monday they want to study the measure, designed to help long-tenured workers who have lost their jobs, before deciding if they will support it.

The minority Conservative government will need the support of at least one opposition party if it is to survive an expected non-confidence motion by the Liberal Party.

(Reporting by Randall Palmer, writing Allan Dowd, editing by Rob Wilson)