Right Hon. P. E. Trudeau (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, I am sorry, but I am not aware of the situation. If the Hon. Member had given me advance notice, I could have checked the facts.
Nevertheless, I object to the Hon. Member's insinuation, and this is typical of the Official Opposition, that we are discriminating against the West. Mr. Speaker, I do not know what the situation is in Vancouver compared to Toronto. If the situation is as the Hon. Member says, I would be surprised if similar circumstances did not exist in Halifax or Moncton, for instance.
So are we discriminating against the West or against the East? I would be surprised if there were not some orchestra in
Quebec whose circumstances were a bit different from the one in Toronto. Why does the Official Opposition insist on spreading the myth of systematic bashing of Western Canada by the Government? This comes up in all their questions, and I am sick and tired of it!
Topic: ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic: NATIONAL REVENUE