For over two years the Conservative government has been taking a pounding in Atlantic Canada over its modest reforms to Employment Insurance. Meanwhile, it got almost no political credit for awarding a $25 billion shipbuilding contract to Halifax that will produce thousands of jobs. Whatever that says about the regional appetite for work vs pogey, it spells disaster for Conservative candidates, and big election gains in the region for the Liberals under Justin Trudeau. He has promised to roll back some of the Tory EI changes, and reduce impending cuts to premiums, which are disproportionately paid by workers and employers in high-employment regions of Canada. In a place where a quarter of the workforce collects EI every year, write Marco Navarro-Genie and Michael Kydd, that’s good politics.