Mr. Alexandre Cyr (Gaspe):
Madam Speaker, my question is directed to the President of the Privy Council. The storm on December 8 of this year has caused very serious damage in Eastern Canada, estimated at millions of dollars in the Gaspe. Through agreements arranging for financial assistance in case of disasters, the Government of Canada provides the provinces with financial aid to cover damages caused by such disasters. Could the Minister inform the House whether he has received an official request from the Province of Quebec which would enable the Province to take advantage of this federal program, and if so, was the request received favourably?