Mr. Speaker, as the hon. member has just said, Quebec harmonized its tax in 1991 and asked nothing of the federal government.
Today, we realize that harmonization cost nearly $2 billion. We say that, if the federal government is prepared to pay $1 billion to the Atlantic provinces to harmonize the federal tax with the sales tax of these three provinces, why would it not pay Quebec the amount it is asking for?
This takes nothing away from our statement as representatives of the Bloc Quebecois or the speech I made to the effect that this bill was hastily thrown together, is bad and unfair, and is one we will vote against.