Hon. Jean Marchand (Minister of Manpower and Immigration):
Mr. Speaker, I believe a similar question was put to the Prime Minister yesterday by the hon. member for Burnaby-Coquitlam. We have been in continuous consultation with the government of Newfoundland concerning appropriate measures which would assist the island.
In anticipation of the lay-offs, in the spring of last year we designated the island as an area whose work force would be eligible for
Inquiries of the Ministry grants rather than loans under our mobility program. So far this measure has resulted in moving out of the island almost one quarter of its population of 8,500 persons. The workers concerned have either been placed in employment or are being provided with retraining. The radically changed provisions of our mobility program, which became effective two weeks ago, will increase our ability to give effective help to the remainder of the population.
Subtopic: BELL ISLAND, NFLD.-ASSISTANCE FOR UNEMPLOYED MINERS