What I cannot figure out is why the provinces have not been more vocal on expanding both eligibility and the duration of benefits for EI given the EI program is a federal program and welfare is provincial. From a provincial point of view the more restrictive the EI program the greater the provincial welfare bills. So why are the provinces not calling on the Feds to at least temporarily expand the program in a meaningful way? I doubt the provinces are worried about moral hazard. So what has been going on?