Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member and I concur with his statements. However, I want to ask him if he is aware of what just happened in New Brunswick.
Is the member or anyone in the House aware that those who own restaurants and pubs in Saint John and the rest of the province of New Brunswick who buy their beer and wine at the wholesalers have been told that there will be an 11 per cent surcharge added on? They thought they were going to get a bargain with the HST because it was coming down from 18 per cent to 15 per cent.
That is why I say that when you hide it we are in trouble because that is just the beginning. It could not be put on the HST because two premiers have to agree to increase it and to decrease it all three premiers have to agree. However, it will be hidden another way and we have it already.
I have to say that those restaurant, pub and tavern owners in my city are absolutely furious about this. This is a serious situation and I wonder if hon. members had heard anything about it. The people have talked to me.