Hon. Marcel Danis (Minister of Labour):
Madam Speaker, I think the hon. member's statistics, and I am referring to the 83 per cent who receive no assistance at all, must be totally inaccurate. My colleague, the Minister of Employment and Immigration, helps workers who lose their jobs by providing training programs.
As for POWA, I can inform the hon. member that last year in consultation with the Government of Quebec we changed the criteria. As the hon. member well knows, until last year workers had to be employed for 15 or 20 consecutive years to be eligible. Tb include more people under the program, especially women, we made it 13 years instead of 15, at the request of the Quebec Government.
Subtopic: PROGRAM FOR OLDER WORKER ADJUSTMENT