Taxpayer money wasted pursuing workers: advocates
- November 27, 2007 4:09 PM
- By Enza Uda
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."