Hon. Michael Wilson (Minister of Industry, Science and Technology and Minister for Internationa] TVade):
Mr. Speaker, my hon. friend does not acknowledge in his question the fact that we have responded. We have dealt with a number of the questions that the truckers expressed to us when they were here on Parliament Hill.
My colleague, the Minister of Finance, put forward a package of proposals which touched on excise taxes on fuel, on capital cost allowances and a number of other factors which have improved the competitive position of the Canadian trucking industry.
My hon. friend is wrong when he says that the Canadian trucking industry cannot compete internationally. They can compete internationally. One of the problems that they do have is high provincial excise taxes on fuel. They will not have that in the United States when they are going through the United States to Mexico and we believe that they can compete.