Mr. Maurice Foster (Algoma):
Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Government finally announced its program for grape producers in Ontario that it is putting out of business with the Mulroney trade deal. The Government declared that there will be $100 million of aid, but when we check the details we find that $10 million will be used for tax credits to the wine companies and another $10 million will be used for an annual grape surplus purchase program. That will leave less than $80 million to assist the half of the grape growers who will be put out of business.
The Ontario grape growers have demanded $156 million over the next six years to begin to adjust to the destruction of their farms, their livelihood, and their business. Thus, there will be only one-half of the funds that are needed to assist these grape growers. Worse still, the funds will be provided over 12 years instead of six years.
This is a foretaste of the treatment that workers and businesses which will be destroyed by the Prime Minister's (Mr. Mulroney) trade deal, will receive. It is totally inadequate, unfair to people, too late, insensitive, and lacking in any care for the people whose lives are being destroyed.
Sub-subtopic: ONTARIO GRAPE AND WINE INDUSTRIES