Hon. Marcel Danis (Minister of Labour):
Madam Speaker, the hon. member is aware that the government made some changes to the former program put in place by the Liberals, adding POWA to help people aged 55 and over. I must admit that I would like to change the criteria if we had enough money to do that. For instance, last year, the federal govemmnent invested $70 million in POWA, and altogether we are paying more than $233 million in annuities for these workers. I think the federal government has done something worthwhile. Of course, if we had more money we would be able to do more, but considering the state of the economy I think we are doing a good job.
Subtopic: PROGRAM FOR OLDER WORKER ADJUSTMENT