Mr. Speaker, from the federal government's point of view, the fact is that the more provinces that participate, the greater the legal sales that will occur and therefore the less the hit on the federal government.
The numbers that we have, and these are really based on an average, show that in the first year, as the Prime Minister has said, there would be a $300 million hit coupled with an approximately $150 million inventory rebate. That will very quickly decline to $25 million in the second year. In fact by the third year the nation's fisc begins to show a substantial improvement, rising to $150 million to $275 million.
In addition to the costs that I outlined at the beginning, it would appear that there would be approximately $150 million to $160 million of enforcement costs arising out of RCMP, customs, justice and health.
That does not lead to very substantial government revenues that are going to occur immediately as a result of the tax measures that the Prime Minister announced in his speech this morning relative to the companies themselves.