Mr. Gauthier (Roberval):
In conclusion, Mr. Speaker, I thank the Liberals very much. For once, they are going to learn to be polite.
In fact, I was a little surprised to find again-1 say it again because of the shouting, but it will calm down-1 was a little surprised to find that again in the motion. In fact, as far as the Canada Works projects are concerned, I had the impression there was no difference compared to previous years in my constituency. When I compare with other hon. members, I think that Roberval received its fair share of the pie. Of course, I should have liked, like all my colleagues, to see a much higher total amount, although it is a million more than last year. I should have preferred to see all 156 projects submitted by the people of Roberval approved. If 1 put myself in the position of the promoters of those projects, I am convinced they all consider their projects acceptable and very urgent. But if there are some criteria to be met, if I consider the local unemployment level compared to the amount allocated by the government to each constituency, it is all right.
The purpose of those projects is still to provide seasonal work for unemployed people who are on the labour market so they can at least accumulate additional stamps to extend their future benefits. Of course, those projects will have to bring permanent benefit to all those municipalities where they are carried out. That is why I encourage and thank the minister who this afternoon gave us some idea of the rearrangement he wanted to make in Canada Works projects. He wants to do more to support private enterprise, as he said, because the real jobs, the permanent jobs, are in the private sector and he can
be sure we will be behind him on this side and we will try to provide more permanent jobs in Canada.
Topic: GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic: BUSINESS OF SUPPLY