April 3, 1998 (36th Parliament, 1st Session)

REF

Preston Manning

Reform

Mr. Preston Manning (Leader of the Opposition, Ref.)

Mr. Speaker, there used to be a day when ministers would actually resign rather than violate the principles.
If the health minister actually believes that this decision should have been based on compassion and morality rather than on legal or accounting arguments, why did he not go in to the Prime Minister and say “these are the principles I am committed to. If you can't accept them and if the cabinet can't accept them, then find someone else to do your dirty work?”
If the minister is really committed to compassion and morality, why did he not resign rather than violate those principles?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Hepatitis C
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