Specifically, we talked to you during the budget consultations about a program to accelerate the penetration of smog-free trucks and fuel efficiency devices that will tackle GHG. We didn't see anything. We wanted to see the implementation of the two-cent-per-litre reduction in the federal excise tax on diesel fuel. We didn't see that. Not only does that make sense--and perhaps it's not all that it's cracked up to be in terms of a stimulus package, but it is sound economic and tax policy. That tax should have been woven in with the GST 20 years ago.
Finally, we asked for an acceleration of the capital cost allowances for trucks and tractors, nothing different from what you provided to the railways in 2008 and to other sectors of the economy but that didn't come to our industry. Again, that is fundamental, long-term, sound tax policy.
In closing, no industry feels the pain or understands the economy and that these are challenging times better than trucking. We believe in an appropriate response to the immediate challenges but also to long-term, sound tax policy for our sector to rid us of some of the issues we've been dealing with and labouring with for years.
Thank you very much.