Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate the member for his question and express my surprise that none of the members of the opposition sought to ask the very same question.
As the member knows, when we brought forth the budget we did so on the basis of prudent assumptions, knowing that some of the variables would be up and others would be down. Fortunately in this case our economic growth is substantially better than what had been projected. Unfortunately, as the member knows, interest rates are also worse and therefore there is to a certain degree a levelling effect.
This, nonetheless, is very good news. It is very good news for employment. It is very good news for the country. It is the result of our exports, of domestic demand and of confidence in the country. I would like to think that in some small way it is the result of our budget and good government and the fact that we did not adopt this short term policy-