Mr. Dave Nickerson (Western Arctic):
Mr. Speaker, sloth and wastefulness, arrogance and corruption, these were the characteristics of a Liberal-Socialist alliance too long in power. Their pigeons came home to roost on September 4. On the other hand, sound financial management and prudence in the handling of the public purse will be the hallmarks of the new Government.
Since September 17 the Cabinet, and in particular the Minister of Finance (Mr. Wilson), have been diligently working on an economic statement which will show the true state of Canada's national finances and will set us on the road to economic recovery. Controlling the deficit, that legacy of the Trudeau years which hangs around the necks of Canadians like a stone, will have to be uppermost in the mind of the Minister.
I urge all parliamentarians and all Canadians to listen carefully this evening at 6.30 when the Minister of Finance will pull the switch, thereby putting Canada back on the track toward a bright and prosperous future.
Subtopic: PREPARATION OF GOVERNMENT'S ECONOMIC STATEMENT