Mr. Speaker, I would like to direct a question to the hon. gentleman who just spoke. I must say that I admire the hon. gentleman for being so honest in his statements to the House.
How does the Hon. Member think the provincial governments will react to the position of his Party that they must now become accountable for the block funding to which he referred? How will they react to, as he put it, strict accountability for use of the money? Usually his Party accuses the Liberal Government of using strong-arm tactics and of not treating the provinces fairly.
The hon. gentleman has just enunciated the position of his own Party which is that somehow and somewhere there is a mistrust of provincial governments regarding the manner in which they spend money. Is this an indication of what his party would do to these provincial governments, most of them Tory Governments, which the hon. gentleman claims, and perhaps rightly so, are not spending properly the money which was designated to go to education or health care? Is he indicating that since they are not doing so, they should now be accountable to the people of Canada?
Topic: GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic: FEDERAL-PROVINCIAL FISCAL ARRANGEMENTS AND ESTABLISHED PROGRAMS FINANCING ACT, 1977 MEASURE TO AMEND