Mr. Jacques Olivier (Longueuil):
Mr. Speaker, in the absence of the Minister of Labour, my question is addressed to the Minister of Finance. I would like to remind him that a few weeks ago, in answer to my question, he said he would help those persons who really need help in Canada. Therefore, I want to ask if he deliberately forgot to announce in his budget that he would raise the minimum wage, set at $2.90. Can the minister tell us if he intends to raise this minimum wage, which is now set at $2.90, or does he simply intend to go on making the rich richer and the poor even poorer by his decision to lay the burden of taxation on those who always end up paying, namely, the medium-income people.
Sub-subtopic: INQUIRY WHETHER MINIMUM WAGE WILL BE INCREASED