Mr. Gaston Gourde (Levis):
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The Leader of the Opposition is now reaping his whirlwind. By showing he is only an illusion, he is now losing those who might have been his best supporters, in fact, all those who have been deluding themselves about his capabilities.
The Leader of the Provincial Conservatives in Alberta, Mr. Gary Filmon, did not mince his words in today's edition of the Globe and Mail... sorry, Manitoba ... He said that one day, the Leader of the Opposition-the Progressive Conservatives are amused-but it was Manitoba, and in any case, it is a fact that last night Mr. Mulroney, the Leader of the Opposition, turned down an invitation to attend a meeting of ethnic groups, apparently because of a previous engagement, while
March 15, 1984
several weeks ago he had accepted an invitation to be the Honorary President at this dinner.
One day he repudiates the Member for Winnipeg-Assinib-oine (Mr. McKenzie) and other members of his party because of their position on bilingualism, one day he claims he will not tolerate dissent in the party on a subject as important as bilingualism, and the next day he says that dissent is permissible in certain areas.
Mr. Speaker, I think Francophones in Canada will not forget what the Leader of the Opposition has done for bilingualism in this country by failing to commit himself.
Subtopic: POLITICAL PARTIES
Sub-subtopic: ATTITUDE OF LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION