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The Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry will conduct clause by clause study of an act that would return PEI to a single zone for purposes of calculating employment insurance benefits.

The act was championed by former Island senator Diane Francis, who left the Senate earlier this year after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75. The committee heard from Francis at an earlier meeting, along with former Malpeque MP Wayne Easter, Charlottetown Mayor Philip Brown, PEI Federation of Labour president Carl Pursey, Bill DeBlois and Robert Godfrey from the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as officials from Employment and Social Development Canada.

The meeting is slated for June 23 at 10 a.m. Atlantic time in Room B45, Senate of Canada Building and by videoconference. It will be followed by an in-camera committee meeting to draft a workplace for future business.

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