In fact, we are already rather competitive in the area of taxation. There used to be a slight difference in the area of the taxation of capital, but the gap is gradually narrowing. If the government is to provide support, it must be targeted. Without being a producer as such, the government, to my mind, must become an industry facilitator. We need this kind of support. In the real world, in other countries, this is exactly what is happening. Nowadays, no major industry has any hope of expanding without the government in office providing ongoing support and buying the product that is being produced. This may break some of the basic rules of the economy, but this is the hard truth. We are not talking here about a theoretical model where all problems resolve themselves.
A concerted effort would be required. However, we've observed that in Canada, this is difficult to come by. I do not understand why that is so. In Quebec, cooperation is sometimes easier to achieve, but in the rest of Canada, it seems harder to get people to sit down and work together.
Contrary to what Mr. Beatty said, I do not believe, unfortunately, that monetary factors are minor. I wish that they were nothing more than a nuisance. On the contrary, their influence is significant. The reason we seem nervous and agitated over this issue is because we have the impression that people in Ottawa have not grasped the urgency of the matter. We are not in a recession. The global economy has recorded its five best years of growth since the 1970s. This has happened in many other sectors. However, if the US economy goes into a recession in the months to come, as many are predicting, it is not going to be pretty.
In that respect, we have to be intellectually honest and admit that we must show greater creativity and develop team spirit. This is exactly what we need to do in order to face up to this situation. I'm a bit disheartened to hear that some people are still trying to work the situation to their advantage. We need to reject this way of thinking.