Mr. Speaker, I can well appreciate the concerns the hon. member is expressing, but he should know that we are in a very difficult fiscal situation as the Minister of Finance has told Canadians repeatedly.
I do not think it is accurate for the hon. member to suggest in the House or to imply by his questioning that somehow we are doing inappropriate things when it comes to the province of Quebec.
I remind the hon. member that the government, in view of its limited fiscal capacity, has provided $5 million over four years in support of low income housing through the CREESOM initiative. We have provided another $5 million in terms of the RéparAction program and another $5 million in terms of landlords to upgrade rental and rooming housing. We have provided
further assistance as it relates to assisting homeowners with cracked foundations.
Given the fact that the Minister of Finance and other members of cabinet have a limited capacity within which to operate, I think we have done reasonably well under the guise of fairness to provide that kind of assistance to the province of Quebec.