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Bay St. Lawrence EI Claims Meeting

Anthony MacKinnon & Liberal MP Mark Eyking

People in Bay St. Lawrence are bracing for what could be another tough winter.

Last year, dozens of fishermen in the community could not collect employment insurance - at least for a couple of months.

Their claims were denied - because they were working for family - and not maintaining the required "arms-length" relationship.

Now, many have been ordered to repay EI benefits from years past - and in some cases, those bills are huge.

Anthony MacKinnon is a fishing captain, he spoke with the CBC's Wendy Martin.

Liberal MP Mark Eyking called the meeting, to hear people's concerns about EI.

He says he will call for an independent investigation.

Anthony MacKinnon audio (runs 4:45)

Liberal MP Mark Eyking audio (runs 3:08)