Mr. Speaker, we wanted the referendum to be over and done with through a strong no vote. It did not happen because of who was in charge over there.
Let me remind the Prime Minister that on October 25, in a speech broadcast to the entire nation, he said:
All governments, federal and provincial, must respond to the desire of Canadians everywhere for greater decentralization.
That was a promise, not just to Quebecers, but to all Canadians. Since the referendum, however, the government has done nothing but backpedal on its promises.
When will the Prime Minister keep his promise to introduce concrete measures to transfer many powers to the provinces, which is their normal jurisdiction anyway?