Mr. Speaker, my question is for the acting minister of health.
It is known that any reduction in the price of cigarettes will lead to increased consumption, especially among the youth. In fact it is predicted that a 10 per cent decrease in price will result in an 8 per cent in the overall consumption, especially a 15 per cent increase among adolescents and youth.
It is also estimated that these cuts that are proposed today will result in 800,000 new smokers of which a quarter of a million will be the youth.
Is it the official position of the ministry of health to support a bill that jeopardizes the health of Canadians, especially the youth?