Hon. Jean J. Charest
Madam Speaker, the parliamentary secretary to the House leader of the Liberal Party said no and I want the record to show that. It demonstrates the hypocrisy of the Liberals who have now embarrassed the member for Oakville. The Reform Party members did not say no. Why would they object? If they asked the same thing I would not object. Nor did the NDP or the Bloc. That demonstrates the hypocrisy of the Liberal Party. I am sorry that she has been embarrassed.
I am surprised that the member would actually want to rise and say that our positions are not known or that they just continued to have the courage to pursue the policies that we had brought forward but did not have the courage to implement. Does the member mean like the GST, the Pearson airport, the free trade agreement or the targets for inflation? What about when the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada guaranteed funding for health care and education in 1993?
When the member for Oakville said they reduced their program spending more than they cut the provinces, I am very sorry, but whether it is in percentages or in raw numbers, she had better check her facts. Maybe the parliamentary secretary would have the courage to get up and correct her, since he is now bent on correcting her today, and tell the truth to Canadians.
What is the truth? The government gutted health care and education after cynically promising that it would not touch it, that it would be guaranteed.
The last comment I want to make is that it is very imprudent for someone from Oakville to actually criticize the people of Nova Scotia, which she has done today. I would say to the member for Oakville that she would be wiser to let the people in Nova Scotia make up their own minds on their future and not sermonize them from the House of Commons. Their health care and education have been cut and they have a right to services also. They have a right to receive services from this government and from governments in the province of Nova Scotia. We will see how they speak in the next provincial election.
Topic: Government Orders
Subtopic: The Budget