December 18, 1987 (33rd Parliament, 2nd Session)


Brian Vincent Tobin


Mr. Brian Tobin (Humber-Port au Port-St. Barbe):

Mr. Speaker, I know that all Hon. Members would want to be aware that last night marked the beginning of a great and important crusade in the history of that great Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Hon. Members would want to know that, despite the best efforts of the Minister of Transport (Mr. Crosbie), who hollered, stamped his feet and beat his breast, despite the great efforts of the Premier of Newfoundland, Mr. Peckford, who hollered and beat his breast and carried his minions from Cabinet behind him with baubles and taxpayers' purses hanging out of their pockets, last night in the great historic Province of Newfoundland, a crusade began when the Liberal leader of Newfoundland was elected in a byelection to the House of Assembly.
It is important to note that this crusade not only put the lie to the myth of the Tory notion that you can buy the taxpayers with their own dollars, it also burst the bubble of the NDP myth. The NDP polled a total of 9 per cent of the vote last night and lost their deposit, in that great Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
I say that the people of Newfoundland and Labrador answered the Prime Minister's (Mr. Mulroney) plaudits, words, adjectives, and exhortations to the people of Canada
last night when they elected a Liberal leader in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, a leader who will join with the federal team to put an end to the scourge of phony Toryism in the Province of Newfoundland and in Canada come the new year, whenever they have the nerve to call a federal general election.

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