Hon. Michel Cote (Minister of Supply and Services):
Strangely enough, Mr. Speaker, this question originates from a Party which was in office when three Quebec refineries shut down, which never did support the petrochemical industry, which took its own sweet time to endorse the drugs bill, but which today seeks to tell us that we ought to defend the interests of Quebecers. Mr. Speaker, the shipyards issue was one of our first priorities in 1984. We awarded contracts, we made sure the shipyardss would survive, and we will continue to look after the interests of Quebecers. We will award contracts and make sure that due consideration has been given to fair competition, quality, and regional disparities.