Then, the minister removes sales tax on shoes and clothing, something obviously desirable. I could not help but notice last night, when the Minister of Finance read his speech, the plaintive tone in his voice when he read a particular paragraph. I am not going to take the time to read the paragraph word for word, but I can mentally visualize the minister's speaking to them and pointing his finger at them. The minister said: "I say to the manufacturers, the wholesalers and the retailers that this elimination of the 12 per cent sales tax should get to the consumers, please; and if it does not, I am going to do something about it". By the time the consumer has been had, Mr. Speaker, this Minister of Finance will have forgotten his undertaking to do something about it.
Having removed the 12 per cent sales tax on clothing and shoes, something which should have been done long ago in this period of inflation, surely one should have put a limit on it so that the people who can afford three suits a year, three pairs of shoes a year and three fancy dresses for their wives are not the ones to receive the greatest benefit from the elimination of this sales tax. The fellow who can afford only one suit a year is not going to get much benefit from this elimination of the sales tax.
Topic: GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic: THE BUDGET