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The fisheries envoy and the Manitoba government are planning community meetings to obtain input from fishers and stakeholders towards the transition.
 
Vice President of the WMM Fish Co-op, Frank Kenyon says the issue of employment insurance has been raised in the past. 
 
"The major issue that has been in the past is that some fresh water officials have -- and some politicians to -- stated that if the monopoly of fresh water has ended there won't be no more EI to the fishermen, but this is not the case what so ever, that's a false statement... the provincial conservatives have promised us that they would make it law that all fishermen would have to pay EI."       
 
The next meeting is tonight at 6 pm, at the Chief Peter Beardy Memorial Center in Grand Rapids.