Mr. Don Boudria (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell):
Mr. Speaker, as part of the Conservative Party's fund raising efforts of last year, my constituents received appeals from the Prime Minister (Mr. Mulroney), the then Leader of the Opposition, to contribute sums of $50, $100, $150, or $350 to his campaign. In this appeal he criticized the Liberal Government for high unemployment, lack of foreign investment, and poor economic conditions in Canada. In November, 1983, he said:
The purchasing power of the Canadian dollar has been diminished both domestically and in the world market... I believe your support for the Progressive Conservative Party today will be the base on which a strong and revitalized Canada can grow.
However, this revitalized Canada is not a reality. The very dollar he promised to save from its diminished state, has plunged even lower during his administration. As a matter of fact, it is the lowest it has ever been in the history of Canada.
The Prime Minister and his Party have not fulfilled the promises made in these fund raising letters. Therefore, on behalf of my constituents I am asking that the Conservative Party return the money.
Subtopic: POLITICAL PARTIES
Sub-subtopic: FUND RAISING BY PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE PARTY