Mr. Peter Milliken (Kingston and the Islands):
Madam Speaker, as this tired, old government drones on toward an overdue election the list of promoted hacks and bagmen grows ever longer, and so does the odour of nepotism, patronage and pay-offs.
In recent days we have witnessed an orgy of Tory patronage that defies imagination. Just this morning the defence minister's Toronto fund raiser got appointed to the board of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited for three years. The Minister of National Defence and the Minister of the Environment like to say they do not know about this kind of Tory patronage, but both of them were there at the cabinet table agreeing to this and other such appointments, like those for the Prime Minister's barber, the barber's wife and the baby-sitter.
In 1984 the Prime Minister liked to say that leaders have an option on patronage but that was before the election. The people of Canada have an option too and on election day they will exercise this option by giving the chop to the hon. members opposite and their colleagues.