April 1, 1998 (36th Parliament, 1st Session)


Gilles Duceppe

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Gilles Duceppe (Laurier—Sainte-Marie, BQ)

The Prime Minister is perfectly right. If the Liberals had not left a deficit of $6 billion and had started to work on it earlier, we would now have a budget surplus.
But the Prime Minister should remember that all the provinces feel the way Quebec does about transfer payments.
Does the Prime Minister not find it abhorrent that the federal government overestimated its deficit by $17 billion, and that it is still going ahead and cutting billions from provincial budgets, all the while creating new programs in jurisdictions where it has no business, just for the visibility?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Budget Of Quebec Finance Minister
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