Mr. Speaker, I wish to first thank the member for the question he poses and for his steadfast co-operation in dealing with what is a very complicated and very troubling situation.
The truth of the matter is that my colleague the health minister and I, together with provincial colleagues and the local member of Parliament had a very successful meeting with residents from Sydney this summer.
One of the things we established is that governments must work with communities rather than simply giving them the solutions at the last minute.
When the Reform Party suggested this is a problem that should be cleaned up in one year's time, that is a very irresponsible statement and a statement that builds and fuels cynicism from the community.
What we have said is that there is a long term solution in finding the viable technology to clean up this mess. We also said, as did the community, that there are some short term immediate steps such as a possible fencing in of the areas. When we were there we had protective foot gear and lo and behold a number of students came in their running shoes. That is an idea that comes from the community.
It is time we level with communities rather than play with them like the Reform Party.