Right Hon. P. E. Trudeau (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, there is no secret renewal agreement. It seems to me this question is in essence almost as unreasonable as the preceding one. It shows a lack of understanding of the approach of the government to this whole matter. We think three years is the appropriate time. That is why it is written into the law. The provinces in many cases just wanted to sign for 18 months. Surely it was proper for us to say: "Okay, sign for 18 months. There is an effective provision for a re-debate of the question in the House of Commons. We believe you will have to sign for another 18 months, but we will cross that bridge when we come to it." The important thing is to make the program work now, to have the co-operation of the provinces, and this is what is happening in both cases.
Subtopic: ANTI-INFLATION PROGRAM-RECONCILIATION OF EIGHTEEN-MONTH AGREEEMENT WITH PROVINCES WITH THREE-YEAR PERIOD FOR PROGRAM