As far as I am concerned the question is wholly irrelevant. As a matter of fact the minister seems to be trying to explain away some of his own observations made during the course of his speech. I am suggesting to the minister that where the government of Canada-this government-has made it a matter of policy to make unconditional payments, they have always been able to find mighty good reasons for doing so. Minister after minister and private member after private member have managed to stand on the floor of this house and defend the action. All I am saying is that if they were to accept a proposition of this kind, the same strong arguments would be advanced.
Subtopic: ASSISTANCE TO PROVINCES