Hon. Jacques Olivier (Minister of State (Fitness and Amateur Sport)):
Mr. Speaker, let me simply remind the Hon. Member opposite that this Government has already committed $170 million to medical research. He said we are doing nothing for medical research, but I have given him an example of what we are doing.
Second, we have already allocated this year $17 million from the revenue produced to arts and culture. Before claiming that there will be no money left for these activities, the Hon. Member should perhaps do his research properly!
Third, what I want to say once again is that the Members opposite are trying to destroy the credibility of the sports pool by saying there is pork barrelling and that the organization employs only friends of the party in power. I shall simply refer them to the press release published last week by the Chairman of the Canada Sports Pool Corporation wherein he describes at length how the 90 permanent staff members of the Canada Sports Pool Corporation were hired and interviewed and how the other 300 casual workers were hired following advertisements placed in newspapers. All this information was very clear and specific, and the problem is that the Members opposite do not want to understand and are refusing to tell the truth in order to gain political points even though they are systematically denying amateur sport the right to survive in Canada on a national level. Simply said, what they want is to give back to their provincial friends all the commitments and the net income of $500 million they can obtain through lotteries, while, for our part, we do not have any lotteries, just a sports pool!
Topic: ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic: REQUEST THAT HIRING CONTRACTS BE TABLED