Mrs. Shirley Maheu (Saint-Laurent):
Mr. Speaker, my riding of Saint-Laurent is the centre of the high technology in Canada. The state-of-the-art technological developments produced there will put Canada at the forefront of the space industry. The creation of the Space Agency will help Canada to become an important partner in the development of space exploration. I was pleased to hear the Prime Minister tell the House that even ridings that had elected members to the Opposition would receive their fair share.
However, I am disappointed that the Government has not yet proceeded with its commitment to grant the space agency to Saint Laurent. Have the people of Saint Laurent suffered because of their rejection of my opponent in the election? Surely the Prime Minister (Mr. Mulroney) would not give the space agency to Saint Laurent just because it is Premier Bourassa's riding but would because Saint Laurent deserves it.
I only hope the Government will keep its promise to give people their fair share and build the Space Agency in the most appropriate location, that is, in Saint-Laurent, which already has the necessary infrastructure.
December 22, 1988
Subtopic: CHOICE OF SAINT-LAURENT CONSTITUENCY