Hon. Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour):
On a question of privilege, Mr. Speaker, I should like to correct a statement made yesterday in reply to the hon. member for St. John's West (Mr. Browne) appearing at page 978 of Hansard. I spoke with the hon. member after the sitting concluded. I said that twenty per cent of the people unemployed in Canada reside in the province of Newfoundland. I intended to say that approximately twenty per cent of the employable people of Newfoundland are unemployed. The employable population of Newfoundland is approximately 112,000. The total number of those registered for employment wnh our national employment service offices at March 2 was 18,600, so the actual percentage is 17. I was using the approximate percentage. I might add that 13,700 of these persons seeking work are either in receipt of unemployment assistance or insurance benefits, or are waiting for their claims to be processed. The total expenditure on this account for the month of March will be almost $1 million.
Subtopic: NEWFOUNDLAND REFERENCE TO STATEMENT IN COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY ON MARCH 21