Mrs. Lise Bourgault (Argenteuil-Papineau):
Mr. Speaker, as I listen to the hon. member for Mount Royal, the first thing that comes to my mind is that it would be absolutely necessary for the government to be able to print money in order to solve the numerous problems that many Canadiens are facing.
It is absolutely absurd to hear things such as: "If the government must review the allowance program for widows, this could be applied to divorced people and others that might need that money". It sounds as though the government is no longer capable to act because it is
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always subjected to the decisions made by the Supreme Court of Canada following the implementation of the famous Charter of Rights and Freedoms that the Liberals left untouched.
I would like to ask a question of the member for Mount Royal. I approve of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but I often wonder if it would not be possible to amend this famous charter in order to avoid excessive recourse to the courts, thus preventing the government from acting selectively when a certain group has a particular need. The member is aware that 50 year old people now want to have access to the Program for Older Worker Adjustment, just like the 55 year olds. If the government agreed, you would then say: Why not make the 45 year old workers eligible? Surely, the government must impose some limits.
When the Liberals were in power, they set up a scientific research program that was a national scandal, a fraud of $1 billion through a program that had been decided by the former finance minister of the Liberal government. Just imagine if the government had that one billion dollars. Programs such as Canada Works, and all the others; the tap was open. The Liberals had money and there was no problem. We got here in 1984 and we inherited that legacy. Of course you inherit serious problems in times of recession. It is very nice to make statements of principle and to try to make political capital on the backs of children and women in difficulty, but what is our capacity as a nation to pay? The Liberals from the other side of the House never answered that question.
Topic: GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic: ALLOTTED DAY, S.O. 81-WOMEN'S RIGHTS