Mr. Raymond Skelly (North Island -Powell River):
Madam Speaker, we in this caucus also wish to congratulate the new Socred Prime Minister of Canada.
In this political leadership contest the new Socred Prime Minister narrowly defeated the tortoise from Sherbrooke. However in another leadership contest a number of years ago this Socred Prime Minister of Canada was judged by her peers as less competent and less capable than another well-known Socred, Bill Vand-er Zalm.
The Prime Minister is also the first woman Prime Minister of Canada. However she has failed the women of Canada on the Court Challenges Program, on the choice issue, on the national child care program and on pay equity.
The women of Canada will suffer under this new Prime Minister as will Canadians in general. The fact she is a Socred is more important than the fact she is a woman.
At least we can all be thankful that this new captain of the Titanic and this old Tory government will shortly have an appointment with an iceberg.
Subtopic: HON. KIM CAMPBELL