May 31, 1993 (34th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Jean-Guy Hudon (Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Privy Council)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hudon:

Mr. Speaker, this is a very hypothetical question that could elicit politically partisan answers from either side of the House. In any case, I am not so naive as to think that this government has not had its share of problems. The point is whether Canadians will maintain this perception to the very last. That is another problem.
I was elected to this House in 1984.1 remember that in 1986-87 we were very low in the polls in terms of popularity and credibility.
Perhaps the hon. member would care to explain how we managed to get five more members elected in Quebec than we had in the 1984 election. This morning credibility, and Canadians who are listening to my reply and who heard his question must be holding their sides is hardly the issue. It will mean something when there is an election, and then people will think differently. I agree that a government needs credibility, but I am sure that as far as the economy is concerned this government certainly has more credibility than the previous Liberal administration when it was in power, when it was piling deficit on top of deficit. The member is going to say that we have a deficit. That is true. But just try and find one penny that was added to the deficit through our programs since 1985. What is increasing the deficit is the damned interest payments we have to make on the deficit. We did not add a penny more.

May 31, 1993

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