Mr. Gaston Gourde (Levis):
All Quebecers involved in the agri-food business have welcomed the changes made by the Minister of Transport (Mr. Pepin) in his plans for improving the Crowsnest Pass rate.
On the Opposition side, both the Progressive Conservatives and the New Democratic Party have been filibustering in order to prevent passage of Bill C-155, either by refusing to appear in the House for a vote, as was the case yesterday with our Progressive Conservative friends, or by presenting a staggering number of petitions-there were 92-as our friends from the New Democratic Party did.
Both parties have been courting the Quebec electorate for many years without ever making any serious commitments. I therefore challenge the Progressive Conservative Party and the New Democratic Party to explain before the House the positions of their respective parties on the transportation of grain as it effects the Quebec agri-food industry.
We shall then hear, in public, in front of the television cameras, what our colleagues opposite have to say to Quebec farmers.
It is the truly controversial issues that are a test of character.
1 therefore ask the Members of the New Democratic Party and the Progressive Conservative Members to rise and speak frankly to Canadians in the Province of Quebec.
Sub-subtopic: SITUATION IN QUEBEC-POSITION OF OPPOSITION PARTIES