Madam Speaker, that is a very simple answer. I must admit it was not quite the answer I was expecting, although I was looking for a similar answer. I would like to address my supplementary question to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce.
In the event that approval of the pre-build section is not granted, could the minister confirm that the loss to Canada, at this time of rapidly escalating unemployment, declining economic activity and serious balance of payments problems, would be in the order of 150,000 man-years of employment,
much of it in the hard-hit industrial areas of central Canada, and about $2 billion annually in our balance of trade position?
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