Hon. Tom McMillan (Minister of the Environment):
Mr. Speaker, I can hardly comment on a document 1 have not seen and do not know about. The Member waves it in front of the House. It could be anything.
The premise of his question that the Government has only recently discovered the environment is fundamentally wrong. I remind him and all Members of the House that it was this Government that came into power at a time when, for example, motor vehicle exhaust emission controls were one-third as stringent here in Canada as those in the United States. Now we have the strongest such controls of any nation in the world.
When we came into office the controls on lead in gasoline were one-tenth as stringent as those in the United States, and now we have the strongest program on lead in gasoline in the industrialized world.
This is the Government, after all, that established five new national parks and has set the stage for two new national parks which we hope will be created before long. More national parks were created in three and a half years alone than were created in a decade and a half under the previous Liberal administration.
The premise of the question is wrong. I think the Hon. Member might like to do a little bit more homework on his questions before he comes into the House.
Topic: ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic: ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS