Right Hon. Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister):
Madam Speaker, I would think it would be the contrary.
My hon. friend's party for almost four years endorsed recommendations of various kinds, many times unanimously, of parliamentary committees saying to the federal government: "You must have the courage to abolish the manufacturers' sales tax and substitute therefor a consumption tax".
Moreover my hon. friend's party signed that report and said: "If you want to be fair and honest you must make that consumption tax visible so that the Canadian people will know what they are paying as opposed to having a hidden secret 13.5 per cent manufacturing sales tax that penalizes our manufacturing base".
We brought in, pursuant to a unanimous recommendation that my hon. friend's party signed as did the
Liberals, a consumption tax. We made it visible. It now is working its way through the Canadian economy. Because it is momentarily unpopular, my hon. friend is running for the hills.
The next election campaign is going to be about those who had the courage to take unpopular actions and not run with their tails between their legs just because a Gallup poll turned bad on them.
Topic: ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic: GOODS AND SERVICES TAX