May 16, 1978 (30th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Roch La Salle

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Roch La Salle (Joliette):

Mr. Speaker, under the provisions of Standing Order 43, I ask for the unanimous consent of the House to move a motion dealing with an urgent matter.
Considering that the bill introduced by the Minister of Finance (Mr. Chretien) concerning the refund of the $186 million owed by the federal government to the lawful Quebec government is an arbitrary gesture, a dangerous precedent and a constitutional hurdle; considering that the suggested formula ignores the unanimous desire voiced by all parties at the provincial legislature and the wish expressed by leaders to hold direct negotiations between governments; considering that the bill would frustrate over 300,000 citizens of that province who do not pay any federal tax and consequently will not get any compensation to which they are as much entitled as are all other Quebec and Canadian taxpayers, 1 moved, seconded by the hon. member for Brome-Missisquoi (Mr. Grafftey):
That the House unanimously urge the Minister of Finance (Mr. Chretien) to withdraw immediately that unfair bill which does not meet the objectives aimed at in his budget and could forever jeopardize relations between Ottawa and Quebec.

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