Mr. Nicholson (Niagara Falls):
I am informed that they do not sit Mondays. They should be sitting Mondays, Saturdays, and around the clock to clean up the backlog of legislation which has been sent to them by this House.
Members of the Opposition do not want to be here and it is good for Canadians to hear that. Members of the Opposition want to be in their ridings across the country. The nonsense that you hear on a day-to-day basis in the House of Commons, Mr. Speaker, is only equalled by the nonsense, misinformation, and fear they are spreading across the country.
My own riding of Niagara Falls is no exception. Recently the Right Hon. Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Turner) was in town. I do not know how often he has been to the Niagara Peninsula. He is like some of those self-proclaimed experts on the Niagara Peninsula. They blow in for a cup of coffee, stay for an hour, and say: "I'm an expert on the Niagara Peninsula, I'll tell you that free trade is no good for the area". Every time they open their mouths in that way they show just how little they know about the Niagara Peninsula.
They make comments about the grape and wine industry. I see the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Wise) in the House. He is going to bring forward a proposal which will assist that industry. It will be one of the most constructive things that has happened to that industry in years.
The Leader of the Opposition and other Members come to the Niagara Peninsula and say that the free trade agreement is no good, it should be torn up, it is bad for the Niagara area. That is nonsense. They only say that because they never talk to anyone on the Niagara Peninsula. They pretend that the Niagara Peninsula is a one-industry area and base their comments on that single industry.
That is absolutely wrong. The Niagara Peninsula is as diverse as is any other area in Canada. If they spent two hours on the Niagara Peninsula instead of one they could drop by the Ford Motor Corporation. The Ford Motor Corporation has approached me and told me that as their representative I must support the free trade agreement because everything they make in Niagara Falls is shipped across the border into the United States. That is why they need open access to the borders and that is why they support the free trade agreement.
The general manager of General Motors has sent a letter to every single employee of General Motors Canada saying that this agreement is good for General Motors, good for the auto industry, good for Oshawa, good for St. Catharines, and good for Canada. Members of the Liberal and New Democratic Parties never refer to that. They forget about that.
Public Service Employment Act
If they spent a little more time in my area they might drop by the TRW plant. I was there and at the Hayes Dana plant. I asked the managers and people who work there whether they can compete in an open market. They said that they will not only compete but will do very well. They do not compete only on a North American basis. The auto parts made on the Niagara Peninsula are world competitive. They tell me that my job is to ensure that the border remains open and they will do very well. That is never referred to by the NDP or the Liberals.
They never stopped in at Brunner Manufacturing, another company with huge exports to the United States. I was at Edsha Corporation two weeks ago. That company is only one year old and at that moment was hiring its one hundred and forty-first and one hundred and forty second employee in the auto parts industry. Their message to me was the same, keep the border open. They are there in order to export into the United States.
Members of the New Democratic Party and Members of the Liberal Party are interested only in spreading fear and misinformation in the Niagara Peninsula. I will not stand by while misinformation and fear is spread by socialists and Members of the Liberal Party. I will not stand by while those who do not know a thing about the Niagara Peninsula blow in and proclaim themselves experts. I will fight that, here in the House of Commons, in my riding, and across Canada.
Subtopic: MOTION TO EXTEND HOURS OF SITTING