James Sinclair (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance)
The answer to the second question is yes. The answer to the first question is that probably the hon. member did not understand my reply. That probably is the reason why hon. members, like the hon. member for Saskatoon, are continually making these demands for bigger expenditures, and have no realization at all that somehow, somewhere, the Minister of Finance has to find the money to finance these expenditures.
I used the example of education only because the hon. member has put forward on various occasions his thought that there should be financial aid from the federal government for education. That being the case, I would think that he should realize that somewhere, somehow, the federal government is going to have to find that revenue to maintain all these desirable projects.
I am informed that in Saskatchewan, for example, they very recently increased their sales tax from 2 per cent to 3 per cent for this very reason, not that they wanted to impose an extra tax on goods which may still be necessities, or used in schools or businesses, or in industry, but because they had to get extra revenue. Therefore again I say to him, as far as this matter of dictaphones is concerned, which is not an item covered by this resolution at all, that if he wants to secure more information on it he has only to ask the appropriate minister, the Minister of National Revenue. We have come here prepared to discuss every item on the schedule, but not to discuss policy or items which are not covered in these amendments.
Subtopic: CUSTOMS TARIFF