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Taxpayer money wasted pursuing workers: advocates

Government claims low-income farm workers exaggerated hours to get E.I.

Advocates for B.C. farm workers say the federal government has spent millions of dollars trying to force the low-income labourers to return employment insurance benefits paid out years ago.

"I'm embarrassed that this is how our government is treating these people," said Sarah Khan, a lawyer with the B.C. Public Interest Advocacy Centre (BCIAC), which represents 300 of the fruit and vegetable pickers.

"I can think of a lot better things to do with taxpayers' money than this."

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