Mr. Chairman, the hon. member is straying into another area of debate. Personally, I believe that in this country there must be some fair degree of equalization of the costs which are borne. If one of the prices of being a Canadian is to ensure that the people in the maritimes are not required to pay far more exorbitant rates for their energy than the people in Alberta, then that is a fair price which 1 am prepared to pay as a Canadian.
With regard to the hon. member's comments about my feelings for the poor and disadvantaged, one of my motivations to work so hard for the defeat of his past government was the idea that the 18-cent increase on a gallon of gas would be borne most heavily by average Canadians, to the point of several hundreds of dollars per year. That was something which Canadians will simply not tolerate and which they cannot afford.
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