FREDERICTON, N.B. – New Brunswick’s deputy premier says he remains hopeful there will be revisions to contentious changes to employment insurance even though Ottawa has said it is forging ahead with them in three weeks.

Paul Robichaud says he believes modifications could still be made even after the EI changes take effect Jan. 6.

Those changes will mean that EI recipients will face stricter, more complex rules for keeping their benefits.

The federal government says those changes are intended to have unemployed workers back into the workforce sooner.

The Atlantic premiers have complained the changes could have a devastating effect on seasonal industries like the fishery.

N.B. Liberal Opposition leader Victor Boudreau says Premier David Alward needs to get more aggressive on the issue with the federal government.