I want to thank Mr. Lemieux for kindly giving me his spot, so that I could ask a question. I'm being timed, too, by the way, by my friendly clerk here.
I was very interested at the beginning of this very important dialogue today to hear a lot about schools. I taught in a school for 23 years. It grieved me when I was teaching to see the phys. ed. programs gradually being cut out of the school curriculum. Our family was very physically active—not me as much as everybody else, but I have to say that it makes a big difference.
The studies that you quoted are indeed very accurate. I know I used to even use them when I was in school, saying we need phys. ed. programs. It is provincial jurisdiction. It was good to hear about the YMCA and accessibility. It was very good to hear about the private-public partnerships.
Having said this, what can the federal government do to be an umbrella that will...? I think education is our greatest weapon. How can we assist in terms of educating the community as a whole in this very important initiative to just get moving and do it day by day?
We've heard that now, with our seniors population, for the first time in Canada we're going to have, in three to five years, more seniors than we have young people in this country. This is the first time Canada has experienced this. The other thing is the lack of physical activity. For the first time, we have obese children. That didn't used to be a problem.
In talking about jurisdictions, could any of you please give some comment on how the federal government could help in that? I'll begin with Ms. Grantham.