That is a very nice principle, Mr. Chair, but the problem is that these people got themselves elected by saying that this program could be brought in at zero cost. However, the Parliamentary Budget Officer showed in black and white that this would mean additional expenses of $3.4 billion as compared to the initial budget. In addition, in the initial phase, these people forgot indexation.
The minister has in his private life managed billions of dollars, which is very nice for him, but how would he have reacted if an accountant had presented a budget to him in which he forgot indexation, as he did in the case of the Canada Child Benefit?