Hon. Jane Stewart (Minister of Human Resources Development, Lib.)
Mr. Speaker, the hon. member should get her facts straight. Without question, my department always tries to collect outstanding debt.
This year's public accounts clearly show that only a very small portion of the written off debts involves grants and contributions. Rather, the vast majority of debts written off relate to the Canada student loans program. They refer to old debts deemed uncollectible because they have reached the statute of limitations or because the borrower has declared bankruptcy or has died.
Subtopic: Human Resources Development