Mr. Speaker, because the leader of the opposition party cannot find anything real to talk about, he continues to set up straw men. Let me take the hon. member's situation.
In order for the governments of Atlantic Canada, the Government of New Brunswick in this instance, to go through a period of profound structural change leading to very deep tax reform, the federal government embarked on a cost sharing proposal with Atlantic Canada.
Effectively that cost sharing proposal said that the provincial governments involved would pick up the first 5 per cent loss on their revenues and then there would be a sharing after that.
It was very clear that the provincial governments were going to have to make up their losses in two ways: through increased economic activity and the possibility of tax increases elsewhere. The hon. member has talked about the shift from consumers to business. What may well happen in some of the provinces is that they may well go back and take some of that tax savings from business in order to keep the consumer cost down.
The hon. member really ought to understand, first, what was done and, second, he ought to try not to contradict himself consistently every-