Mr. Speaker, on the last question which was put by the member for Winnipeg St. James, there are statistics which are collected on discouraged workers. Those statistics have some problems associated with
them because in a sense they require people to do a kind of a psychoanalysis of themselves. I think the best approach, the most honest approach is to ask what do we know, what has been shown to us by the economic history of our country? Take a large province like the province of Ontario. We could take the province of Manitoba too but in some ways it is a little fairer to take the province of Ontario because it is a large and relatively diverse province.
We can ask ourselves what do we know from history, not from people being asked to analyse themselves, but what is the record as far as the percentage of people who want to participate in the labour force?
We can find that out by looking over recent years and discovering a level of participation which has been achieved. Within the last three or four years the level we have seen has been upward of 70 per cent in the province of Ontario.
The province of Ontario has a somewhat different structure of its economy from the provinces of Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island.
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