Mr. Speaker, yesterday, the Quebec minister responsible for restructuring released a new study, this time on taxation.
In his press release, the minister claims that merging the two tax systems would permit Quebec to, I quote: "-reap many benefits". The minister stressed that taxpayers would have only one tax return to fill out, that they would have fewer officials to deal with, and that taxation measures would be harmonized and streamlined.
What is surprising is that the authors of this study made the conscious decision not to mention that Quebecers could already be reaping all of these benefits if the Quebec government would only agree to the changes already proposed by our government.
All of these changes could be made very easily within the current federal system and at a much lower cost to Quebecers
than those that would result from breaking away from Canada. But these are the kinds of things that separatists avoid mentioning.