No, Mr. Speaker, because that is not what I said.
First I have pointed out to opposition members on several occasions that the government does not intend on going back to its February budget statement to cut the transfers to the provinces. The transfer of over $6 billion is to be maintained based upon our fixed 1993-94 level. I will repeat that there are no cuts to the transfers to the provinces. The provinces will receive exactly the same amount of money, over $6 billion of transfers.
What we did suggest is that the cash portion of that which is receding at the same time the revenue of the provinces is going up to the tax revenue could be used to help lever an additional $2 billion. If you took $500 million of that savings you could almost get a four or five to one addition. We would also have a grants program to help students in need.
Rather than a $10 billion debt load it would mean we would be able to add $10 billion to the existing system's contribution to higher education for better laboratories, more classrooms, more
scholarships and more accessibility for students. That really is the choice that is being made. I would like to know why members of the opposition are against putting more money-