Hon. Don Mazankowski (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance):
Madam Speaker, the hon. member will just have to wait and see. I think he recognizes, as he alluded to it, that all provinces recognize the serious national debt problem we face.
I noted this morning the provincial treasurer of Ontario brought out an expenditure control plan which affects all the sectors of government spending in Ontario. I noted that he said: "We must deal aggressively with the debt problem so that it does not overwhelm the economy". I think that is a view shared by all governments in Canada.
It is also noted that Ontario has cut transfer payments to the municipalities. It has cut its payments in lieu to education and social services-
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