Mr. Speaker, I must compliment the Deputy Prime Minister in one respect at least. I think he is being honest: he is not predicting any reduction in the rate of inflation, although he sees some hopeful signs. I do not want to misinterpret him, but in view of the policy of the government which is, as far as one can see, the establishment of a Mickey Mouse surveillance operation, and in view of the position of
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the Deputy Prime Minister today that while he sees some hopeful signs, he is not able to give the Canadian people any assurance, is it not fair to assume that we have to expect, under this government, the continuation of a rate of inflation around 8.5, 9, 10 or 11 per cent?
Can the Deputy Prime Minister give us any reason to believe that with the policies of this government, or the policies he has described this morning, we can look forward to the return of a sensible degree of stability?
Subtopic: REQUEST FOR PREDICTION OF FUTURE RATE OF INFLATION