Mr. Speaker, I noted with interest the comments of my colleague. He spoke about the EH-101 helicopters. He spoke about the Pearson deal. He spoke about the Somalia inquiry. I cannot understand what party he really represents, the Reform Party or the Conservative Party. I would have expected that speech from a Conservative, but the only Conservative member in the House is not the one who is speaking. Is the member running for the Reform Party or is he running for the Conservative Party?
The people of Canada clearly stated before the last election that they did not want the EH-101 helicopters. They also said they did not want the Pearson deal. If we listen to the member, we are listening to the Conservatives of pre-1993.
I wonder if the Reform is going to pick and choose in which ridings it is going to run and in which ridings it will not run. The member has presented himself as a Conservative.
The member also spoke about the hidden tax and about taxes in general. In England they have the VAT, the value added tax. It is 16 per cent. People know they are paying 16 per cent. In Canada we have the PST and the GST. In the maritimes we are trying to harmonize those taxes. Then, when people go to the till, they will get a bill which will say the item is $100. They know they will pay $100. At the end of the day they will be paying $100 for an item and the taxes will be included.
My constituents know they will have to pay tax, whether it will be 16 per cent as it is in England or 15 per cent as it will be in the maritimes.
Maybe we could get the Harris government to come to the table. A lot of its members have privately said they want to harmonize. I know Mr. Harris is holding out because he wants a big buyout. If we were to hold out to him $2 billion or $3 billion he would jump and say: "I want to harmonize at 13 per cent or 14 per cent". If we were to get the Harris government to the table to harmonize the taxes, at the end of the day $100 at a tax rate of 14 per cent or 15 per cent would still be $100. The member opposite would certainly agree that Canadians would be happier with that than paying $100 and having the tax added on top.
My question for the member is very simple and clear. Is he running for the Conservative Party or the Reform Party? I am confused. The way he is carrying on, it sounds like he is running for the Conservatives. If he is not running for the Conservatives, let us make sure we get the Reform policy.