Firefighter sues Ottawa over EI surplus

Montreal-area man seeks $1,100 rebate from Employment Insurance overpayments, wants Canadians to join class-action suit
||Last Updated: 03/12/2004


Montreal-area firefighter has launched a class-action suit against the federal government.

Steven St-Jacques is suing Ottawa over its excessive Employment Insurance premiums that have built up a $40-billion surplus. In a suit filed recently in Federal Court, St-Jacques accused the federal government of violating the Employment Insurance Act by setting high premiums between 1997 and 2001.