Mr. George Henderson (Egmont):
Mr. Speaker, the Government's current standing in the polls is no accident.
During the 1984 election campaign the Tories made many promises which they have since broken.
Nowhere is this record more horrendous than in its treatment of the Canadian shipbuilding industry.
In fact the Conservatives have not only broken their promises, they have slashed the shipbuilding industry assistance program, and they have slashed the performance improvement grants just when these programs were most needed.
The situation is even worse for shipyards in Atlantic Canada. In my province there is the Georgetown shipyard. The future of its workers is not solely a provincial responsibility as some would suggest. At a recent meeting the Council of Maritime Premiers expressed their impatience with the federal Government which has turned a blind eye toward Atlantic Canada. I call upon the Government to get off its seat and take some action.