Hon. Charles Lapointe (Minister of Supply and Services):
Mr. Speaker, instead of talking nonsense, the Hon. Member would be well advised to find out exactly how contracts are managed in Canada. The Department of Supply and Services awards 360,000 contracts annually. If the Hon. Member had had the courtesy to give me notice of her question, I would have had the requisite information, which I would then have made available to the Hon. Member. However, I will now have to check before I can give further details. As far as Canadian content is concerned, Mr. Speaker, it is one of the criteria that is always considered when we evaluate contracts. However, we always try to get the best products for the best value, so that Canadian taxpayers will get their money's worth.
Subtopic: AWARDING OF CANADA DAY FIREWORKS CONTRACT