(Saint John)-The federal government has begun visiting employment insurance recipients at home.

Federal employees have been making the unannounced visits since January, and have been hand-delivering requests for people to appear at the regular EI interview.

Saint John MP Rodney Weston says he was  caught  by surprise when he heard  about the  story.

” There  are practices that are employed  by officials to follow up and determine if people are actually seeking out work but i am not sure were this came from it  caught me by surprise to be very frank  when i heard it in the media”

 NDP MP Yvon Godin, warned the government to stop the house calls  which he described as “intimidation.”