Mr. Jean-Robert Gauthier (Ottawa-Vanier):
Mr. Speaker, the voters of Ontario are shocked to learn that the Premier of their province is using intimidation and threats to win support in tomorrow's provincial election. He told the residents of Simcoe that only by electing Progressive Conservatives would they be assured of getting fair treatment from the Tory Government, if it is to be re-elected, and God forbid it should.
The Premier said that the area which elected two Liberal Members in the last election would continue to be neglected unless it was painted blue. This is inexcusable behaviour for a man who calls himself Premier. It is blatant discrimination and shows the desperate attempts of a candidate who, in the final days of a campaign, has gone from promising to bullying. It brings to mind the behaviour of the Prime Minister (Mr. Mulroney) when he warned that there would be jobs for Liberals only after there was not a single, living, breathing Tory left in the land.
Canadians are in fact protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms against such threats and overt discrimination as we have seen practised not only by the Prime Minister but by the Premier of Ontario. In light of all this, I think the Minister of Justice (Mr. Crosbie) should review these extraordinary threats, and advise Parliament how the constitutional rights which have been given to Canadians, and which the Minister is sworn to uphold, can be fully protected against such threats.
Subtopic: PROVINCIAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic: ONTARIO ELECTION CAMPAIGN