Miss Flora MacDonald (Kingston and the Islands):
Mr. Speaker, my question is also to the Minister of Finance. I want to refer him to a statement made by the Prime Minister at the December, 1969, constitutional conference regarding the rationale for direct payments through income tax rebates by the federal government to individuals. The Prime Minister said:
Within each province where the scheme applies, there is going to be a redistribution of benefits and certainly we are going to tax all rich Canadians, no matter where they are, a little more to help the less rich Canadians-
I would like to ask the Minister of Finance how he is going to explain to those 2.2 million poor people in the province of Quebec who are at the lower end of the income scale how the federal government can justify paying a rebate to those in the higher income levels, reversing what the Prime Minister said would be the rationale for this type of payment back in 1969?
Subtopic: PAYMENT OF INCOME TAX REBATES